Bordado teórico e contextualização comparativa no livro John of God, de Cristina Rocha

This article looks at two sorts of conceptual work in Cristina Rocha’s John of God: The Globalization of Brazilian Faith Healing : theoretical appliqué and comparative contextualization. The first involves using an ad hoc set of concepts to set out series of partial interpretations. Despite not offering one unified interpretation, this approach has the advantages of respecting the complexity of the case and indicating a range of relevant interpretative pathways. The second involves the standard work, in the study of religion, of placing the religious movement or other object of study in relation to its religious landscape, influences and competitors, by comparing and contrasting beliefs and practices. Though the book would be better if both of these dimensions of conceptual work had been pushed further, Rocha’s theoretical appliqué is worth considering for its value as a model for other work. The goal of this article is to highlight the value of theoretical appliqué and to suggest how it could be done effectively.
Keywords cultural translation, hybridity, John of God, Kardecism, meta-theory, New Age, spirit possession, theory of religion, Umbanda / tradução cultural, hibridismo, João de Deus, Kardecismo, meta-teoria, Nova Era, possessão, teoria da religião, Umbanda  tradução cultural, hibridismo, João de Deus, Kardecismo, meta-teoria, Nova Era, possessão, espíritos, teoria da religião, Umbanda
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DOI 10.5752/P.2175-5841.2018v16n49p223-256
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