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New Pathways in Pilgrimage Studies

Global Perspectives, 1st Edition

Edited by Dionigi Albera, John Eade


216 pages

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Although there has been a massive increase in the volume of pilgrimage research and publications, traditional Anglophone scholarship has been dominated by research in Western Europe and North America. In their previous edited volume, International Perspectives on Pilgrimage Studies (Routledge, 2015), Albera and Eade sought to expand the theoretical, disciplinary and geographical perspectives of Anglophone pilgrimage studies. This new collection of essays builds on this earlier work by moving away from Eurasia and focusing on areas of the world where non-Christian pilgrimages abound. Individual chapters examine the practice of ziyarat in the Maghreb and South Asia, Hindu pilgrimage in India and different pilgrimage traditions across Malaysia and China before turning towards the Pacific islands, Australia, South Africa and Latin America, where Christian pilgrimages co-exist and sometimes interweave with indigenous traditions. This book also demonstrates the impact of political and economic processes on religious pilgrimages and discusses the important development of secular pilgrimage and tourism where relevant. Highly interdisciplinary, international, and innovative in its approach, New Pathways in Pilgrimage Studies: Global Perspectives will be of interest to those working in religious studies, pilgrimage studies, anthropology, cultural geography and folklore studies.


'…this is a valuable collection of essays which brings to the fore important non-Anglophone scholarship that has all too often been neglected, opening up possibilities for future interlocution as well as the continuing development of a critical lexicon of concepts and terms' – Kathryn Barush in Material Religion

Table of Contents

1. Pilgrimage studies in global perspective John Eade and Dionigi Albera

2. Pilgrimage in China Marcus Bingenheimer

3. The amazement of the ethnographer: Hindu pilgrimage beyond sacred and profane Mathieu Claveyrolas

4. Sufism, pilgrimage and saint worship in South Asia Michel Boivin

5. Religious pluralism and pilgrimage studies in West (Peninsular) Malaysia Yeoh Seng-Guan

6. Studying religious mobility: pilgrimage, shrine visits and religious tourism from the Maghreb to the Middle East Katia Boissevain

7. Pilgrimage studies in Oceania: betwixt and between national concerns, academic trends and local ontologies Anna-Karina Hermkens

8. South(ern) African journeys of reverence Shirley du Plooy

9. Transcending symbols: the religious landscape of pilgrimage studies in Mexico Alejandra Aguilar Ros

10. Studies of Catholicism and pilgrimage in Brazil: continuities and ruptures over the long-term Carlos Alberto Steil

11. Concluding chapter

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, France.

John Eade is Professor of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Roehampton, UK, Research Fellow in the Department for the Study of Religion at the University of Toronto, Canada, and co-founder of the Routledge Studies in Pilgrimage, Religious 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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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
RELIGION / General