'Our Lady' versus the Bishops: Visions and Pilgrimages in Contemporary Irish Catholicism

Michael Allen


SINCE   I first began anthropological research in 1958 I have had as my primary focus   of interest the understanding of the religious dimension of social life,   especially the various complex ways in which religion inter-relates with   other dimensions, such as the politico-economic, the familial, gender   relations, etc. No doubt much of the stimulus for the development of such an   interest derives from the fact that I was, for the first 24 years of my life,   raised as a middle-class Protestant in the almost wholly working-class and   Catholic population of the Republic of Ireland 

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