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Pilgrimage, Politics and Place-Making in Eastern Europe

Crossing the Borders, 1st Edition

By John Eade, Mario Katić


204 pages

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Since the beginning of the anthropology of pilgrimage, scant attention has been paid to pilgrimage and pilgrim places in central, eastern and south-eastern Europe. Seeking to address such a deficit, this book brings together scholars from central, eastern and south-eastern Europe to explore the crossing of borders in terms of the relationship between pilgrimage and politics, and the role which this plays in the process of both sacred and secular place-making. With contributions from a range of established and new academics, including anthropologists, historians and ethnologists, Pilgrimage, Politics and Place-Making in Eastern Europe presents a fascinating collection of case studies and discussions of religious, political and secular pilgrimage across the region.


’This volume provides fresh insights into the relation between religion, identity and place in Eastern Europe. It challenges stereotypes about society, religion and politics by bringing together seminal ethnographic studies on a wide range of pilgrimage practices that can be observed today.’ Maria Couroucli, Comité national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS), France

Table of Contents

Introduction: crossing the borders, John Eade and Mario Katić; Part I Creating New and Reclaiming Old Religious Homes: From the chapel on the hill to national shrine: creating a pilgrimage ‘home’ for Bosnian Croats, Mario Katić; Pilgrimages to Gökçeada (Imvros), a Graeco-Turkish contested place: religious tourism or a way to reclaim the homeland?, Giorgos Tsimouris. Part II Inter-Religious Dialogue and Intra-Religious Competition: Pilgrimage site beyond politics: experience of the sacred and inter-religious dialogue in Bosnia, Marijana Belaj and Zvonko Martić; Competing sacred places: making and remaking of national shrines in contemporary Poland, Anna Niedźwiedź. Part III Reconstructing Religious and Secular Space: From religious to secular and back again: Christian pilgrimage space in Albania, Konstantinos Giakoumis; Sterilization and re-sacralization of the places of secular pilgrimage: moving monuments, meanings and crowds in Estonia, Polina Tšerkassova; Secular journeys, sacred places: pilgrimage and home-making in the Himarë/Himara area of Southern Albania, Nataša Gregorič Bon. Part IV: Concluding thoughts, Glenn Bowman. Bibliography; Index.

About the Authors

John Eade is Professor of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Roehampton and Visiting Professor at University College London. His main research areas are global migration, cultural diversity, identity politics and pilgrimage. He is co-editor of Reframing Pilgrimage (2004) and Contesting the Sacred: The Anthropology of Christian Pilgrimage (1991). He has edited singly and jointly seven other volumes, and is also a single author of two books. Mario Katić is a research and teaching assistant at the Department of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Zadar. His main research areas are pilgrimage, place and space, death and memory. He is editor of Usora: past, customs and everyday life (2011), and co-editor of two further volumes dealing with pilgrimage, tourism and Bosnian Croats.

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 / Religion, Politics & State
RELIGION / Theology