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International Perspectives on Pilgrimage Studies

Itineraries, Gaps and Obstacles, 1st Edition

Edited by John Eade, Dionigi Albera


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Although research on contemporary pilgrimage has expanded considerably since the early 1990s, the conversation has largely been dominated by Anglophone researchers in anthropology, ethnology, sociology, and religious studies from the United Kingdom, the United States, France and Northern Europe. This volume challenges the hegemony of Anglophone scholarship by considering what can be learned from different national, linguistic, religious and disciplinary traditions, with the aim of fostering a global exchange of ideas. The chapters outline contributions made to the study of pilgrimage from a variety of international and methodological contexts and discuss what the ‘metropolis’ can learn from these diverse perspectives. While the Anglophone study of pilgrimage has largely been centred on and located within anthropological contexts, in many other linguistic and academic traditions, areas such as folk studies, ethnology and economics have been highly influential. Contributors show that in many traditions the study of ‘folk’ beliefs and practices (often marginalized within the Anglophone world) has been regarded as an important and central area which contributes widely to the understanding of religion in general, and pilgrimage, specifically. As several chapters in this book indicate, ‘folk’ based studies have played an important role in developing different methodological orientations in Poland, Germany, Japan, Hungary, Italy, Ireland and England. With a highly international focus, this interdisciplinary volume aims to introduce new approaches to the study of pilgrimage and to transcend the boundary between center and periphery in this emerging discipline.

Table of Contents

1. International Perspectives on Pilgrimage Studies: Putting the Anglophone Contribution in Its Place Dionigi Albera and John Eade 2. Japanese Studies of Pilgrimage Ian Reader 3. Touching the Holy: Orthodox Christian pilgrimage within Russia Stella Rock 4. Old and New Paths of Polish Pilgrimages Anna Niedźwiedź 5. Pilgrimages in Hungary: Ethnological and Anthropological Approaches Gábor Barna 6. From Religious Folklore Studies to Research of Popular Religiosity: Pilgrimage Studies in German-speaking Europe Helmut Eberhart 7. Studying Jewish Pilgrimage in Israel Nimrod Luz and Noga Collins Kreiner 8. Italian Studies on Pilgrimage. Beyond Folklore towards a National Anthropological Tradition and the International Circulation of Ideas Elena Zapponi 9. From Cryptic to Critique: Early and Contemporary French Contributions to the Study of Pilgrimage Anna Fedele and Cyril Isnart

About the Editors

Dionigi Albera is a Director of Research in the CNRS and leads the Institute of Mediterranean, European and Comparative Ethnology at the University of Aix-Marseille.

John Eade is Professor of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Roehampton, Research Fellow at the Department for the Study of Religion, University of Toronto and co-founder of the Routledge Religion, Travel and Tourism series.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Pilgrimage, Religious Travel and Tourism

The public prominence of religion has increased globally in recent years, while places associated with religion, such as pilgrimage centers, and famous cathedrals, temples and shrines, have attracted growing numbers of visitors and media attention. Such developments are part of a global process where different forms of travel – physical movement such as labor and lifestyle migration, tourism of various forms, the cultural heritage industry and pilgrimage – have become a major feature of the modern world. These translocal and transnational processes involve flows of not just people but also material objects, ideas, information, images and capital.

The public prominence of religion aligned to the modern growth of tourism (sometimes now claimed as the world’s single largest industry) has created a new dynamic relationship between religion, travel and tourism. It has been mirrored by expanding academic research in these areas over the last twenty years across a variety of disciplinary areas, ranging from anthropology, sociology, geography, history and religious studies to newly emergent areas such as tourism and migration studies. Such studies have also expanded exponentially in terms of the geographic spread of places, religions and regions being researched.

This series provides a new forum for studies based around these themes, drawing together research on the relationships between religion, travel and tourism. These include studies from global and cross-cultural perspectives of topics, such as:

  • commoditization and consumerism;
  • media representations of religion, travel and tourism;
  • heritage, tourism and the cultural politics of religious representation;
  • gender, sexuality and religious movements;
  • religion and travel writing;
  • ideological and violent struggles over religion and resistance to tourist intrusion;
  • inter-religious engagement;
  • religion, tourism, landscape and performance; and
  • thanatourism and pilgrimage to sites of suffering.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
RELIGION / General