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Migrant Hearts and the Atlantic Return


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Acknowledgments Introduction: Catholic Humanitas 1. Migrant Terrains in Italy and Rome 2. The "Culture of Life" and Migrant Pedagogies 3. The Legionaries of Christ and the Passionate Machine 4. Migrant Hearts 5. The Virgin of Guadalupe: A Nexus of Affects 6. Enwalled: Translocality, Intimacies, and Gendered Subjectivity Epilogue Notes References Index

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Valentina Napolitano is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Toronto. She is the author of Migration, Mujercitas, and Medicine Men: Living in Urban Mexico (California).


In Migrant Hearts and the Atlantic Return, Valentina Napolitano offers her readers a complex portrait of the diasporic world of trans-Atlantic Catholicism, told through the stories of particular Latin American immigrant communities in Rome. Napolitano is singularly positioned to perform the ethnographic work that underlies this study, and she has written a moving account that contributes to the growing field of the anthropology of Christianity and that will appeal to an interdisciplinary audience of anthropologists, religionists, students of migration and globalization, and women's and gender studies scholars. -- -Elizabeth Castelli * Barnard College *
Napolitano's book is a rich ethnography of the historically fraught relationship between the Vatican and its Latin American flock. In this moment of heightened anxiety about immigration and shrinking church following in Europe, Napolitano deftly tracks the fissure between communitas and otherness that haunts European Catholicism today. Told through the lives of Latin American immigrants to Italy, this wonderful book shows us what it means to live a faith that is losing hold of its civilizational mission. -- -Saba Mahmood * University of California, Berkeley *
"...the project of injecting Catholic realities into the burgeoning field of the anthropology of Christianity is vital, and Migrant Hearts demonstrates the kind of sophisticated studies it can produce." * -Marginalia *

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