Theoreticians, anthropologists and saints. Approaches of cultural and social anthropology on the Catholic cult
Gronover portrays the works of seven scholars who have published ethnographies of the íCatholic cult´ ≠ and which are specimens of twentieth-century anthropological approaches/methods. J. A. Pitt-Rivers and J. Boissevain are described as writers of structural functionalism in the tradition of social anthropology, G.M. Foster and Eric R. Wolf as writers in cultural anthropology stressing a cultural-historical focus, and the next chapter describes W.A. Christian´s and Mia di Tota´s íprocessual historical´ approaches. The last chapter discusses V. Turner as a scholar applying the íprocessual symbol analysis´. The conclusion includes several recent ethnographies of the 1980s as well.
Keywords: cultural anthropology, structural functionalism, Catholic cult, social anthropology, symbol analysis