Lived Catholicism: A Roundtable Discussion

Avril Baigent, Marcus Pound, Tricia Bruce, Stephen Bullivant, Alana Harris, Robert Orsi

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The study of Lived Catholicism seeks to step away from the normative forces of institutional expectations to explore Catholicism as it is found in the practices of daily life. It draws on the foundations of lived religion in recognising the importance of improvisation, negotiation, resistance and subversion in everyday religiosity. It foregrounds the voices and experiences of ordinary people to explore the places of Catholicism in their lives. However, if this emerging term is to find its place in the academy, it must stand up to rigorous critique from across the disciplines. Here specialists from the fields of sociology, anthropology, history and theology discuss the potential of Lived Catholicism to generate new categories of thinking in the study of Catholicism.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)9-27
Number of pages19
JournalEcclesial Practices
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2022


  • Catholicism
  • lived Catholicism
  • lived religion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Religious studies


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