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Lifeblood of the Parish: Men and Catholic Devotion in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Alyssa Maldonado-Estrada


Each year the Shrine Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, celebrates its annual Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and San Paolino di Nola. The crowning event is the Dance of the Giglio, a devotional spectacle of strength and struggle in which men lift a four-ton, seventy-foot tower through the streets. This ethnographic study delves into this masculine world of devotion and the religious lives of lay Catholic men. It explores contemporary men’s devotion to the saints and the Catholic parish as an enduring venue for the pursuit of manhood and masculinity amid gentrifica ... More

Keywords: Catholic, devotion, Brooklyn, manhood, masculinity, material culture, ethnographic study, gentrification, parish, embodiment

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781479872244
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479872244.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alyssa Maldonado-Estrada, author
Kalamazoo College