Intersecting Journeys: The Anthropology of Pilgrimage and Tourism

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"Starting from the premise that religion - broadly defined - involves a quest for meaning, Intersecting Journeys seeks to bridge the conceptual dichotomy between pilgrimage as religious travel and tourism as secular journeying." "The appeal of sacred sites remains undiminished at the start of the twenty-first century, as unprecedented numbers of visitors travel to Lourdes, Rome, Jerusalem, and Santiago de Compostela. This book's ethnographic analysis of the conflicts over resources and meanings associated with such sites, as well as the sense of community they inspire, provides compelling evidence emphasizing the links between pilgrimage and tourism." As the papers in this interdisciplinary collection demonstrate, studies of these forms of journeying stand at the forefront of postmodern debates about movement and centers, global flows, social identities, and the negotiation of meanings.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780252029400
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 6.32 (w) x 9.18 (h) x 0.84 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Approaches to the anthropology of pilgrimage and tourism 1
2 "They told what happened on the road" : narrative and the construction of experiential knowledge on the pilgrimage to Chimayo, New Mexico 24
3 Pilgrimage to "England's Nazareth" : landscapes of myth and memory at Walsingham 52
4 Santiago de Compostela in the year 2000 : from religious center to European city of culture 68
5 Stories of the return : pilgrimage and its aftermaths 89
6 Tourism and Holy Week in Leon, Spain 110
7 The Kyoto tax strike : Buddhism, Shinto, and tourism in Japan 125
8 Extending the metaphor : British missionaries as pilgrims in New Guinea 140
9 Pilgrimage and the IDIC ethic : exploring Star Trek convention attendance as pilgrimage 160
10 Crossing boundaries : exploring the borderlands of ethnography, tourism, and pilgrimage 180
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