638.5 Political and religious imaginaries in Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay: A comparative studies

Saturday, August 4, 2012: 10:12 AM
Faculty of Economics, TBA
Oral Presentation
Mauro MEIRELLES , Antropologia, Núcleo de Estudos da Religião (NER/PPGAS/UFRGS), Porto Alegre, Brazil
 This article examines the gatherings and approximations of political and religious imaginaries in Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay. Overall it focuses on the imbrications between the political field and religious field existent on the electoral process ocurred in the cities of Porto Alegre (BR), Buenos Aires (AR) and Montevideo (UY), in 2008 and 2009. In order to realize this study we used the approach of multi-situated ethnography, the constants inserts in the research field in the three mentioned cities, where we realized interviews with people linked to different religious expressions and political tendencies. Nevertheless, it was important to understand what are the commons contributions existing in the three cities, and how they facilitate the transnational religious process. Moreover, interest us consider how religions, taken as typically brazilian, cross national borders towards Uruguay and Argentina and take with them the knowledge to keep up in the political field, which in the new scenary are reproduced within the networks of Pentecostals ministries and brazilian afro-religion leaders, in the three countries. Above all, what's been sought to discuss in this study are the boundaries and possibilities that the multi-situated ethnography can offer to researches on antropology of religion specially about what refers to the study of networks that interact in the transnational context. And in what extent, such metodological aproach, alied to the idea of key event, can auxiliar the antropologist in the structuraction and  strengthen  of one's field research.