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Routledge Studies in Pilgrimage, Religious Travel and Tourism


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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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Christian Pilgrimage, Landscape and Heritage: Journeying to the Sacred

Christian Pilgrimage, Landscape and Heritage: Journeying to the Sacred

1st Edition

Avril Maddrell, Veronica della Dora, Alessandro Scafi, Heather Walton
June 28, 2018

This volume provides a theoretically and empirically-grounded study of the significance of landscape in the experience of Christian pilgrimage across different denominations and its intersection with cultural heritage and tourism. The book focuses on pilgrimages to Meteora (Greece), Subiaco (Italy)...

International Perspectives on Pilgrimage Studies: Itineraries, Gaps and Obstacles

International Perspectives on Pilgrimage Studies: Itineraries, Gaps and Obstacles

1st Edition

John Eade, Dionigi Albera
June 28, 2018

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....

The Seductions of Pilgrimage: Sacred Journeys Afar and Astray in the Western Religious Tradition

The Seductions of Pilgrimage: Sacred Journeys Afar and Astray in the Western Religious Tradition

1st Edition

Michael A. Di Giovine, David Picard
February 12, 2018

The Seductions of Pilgrimage explores the simultaneously attractive and repellent, beguiling and alluring forms of seduction in pilgrimage. It focuses on the varied discursive, imaginative, and practical mechanisms of seduction that draw individual pilgrims to a pilgrimage site; the objects, places...

Military Pilgrimage and Battlefield Tourism: Commemorating the Dead

Military Pilgrimage and Battlefield Tourism: Commemorating the Dead

1st Edition

John Eade, Mario Katić
October 05, 2017

Military Pilgrimage and Battlefield Tourism is the first volume to bring together a detailed analysis of professional military pilgrimage with other forms of commemorating military conflict. The volume looks beyond the discussion of battlefield tourism undertaken primarily by civilians which has...

Muslim Pilgrimage in Europe

Muslim Pilgrimage in Europe

1st Edition

Ingvild Flaskerud, Richard J. Natvig
July 27, 2017

In spite of Islam’s long history in Europe and the growing number of Muslims resident in Europe, little research exists on Muslim pilgrimage in Europe. This collection of eleven chapters is the first systematic attempt to fill this lacuna in an emerging research field. Placing the pilgrims’...

Pilgrimage to the National Parks: Religion and Nature in the United States

Pilgrimage to the National Parks: Religion and Nature in the United States

1st Edition

Lynn Ross-Bryant
May 24, 2017

National Parks – ‘America’s Best Idea’ – were from the first seen as sacred sites embodying the God-given specialness of American people and American land, and from the first they were also marked as tourist attractions. The inherent tensions between these two realities ensured the parks would be...

The Camino de Santiago in the 21st Century: Interdisciplinary Perspectives and Global Views

The Camino de Santiago in the 21st Century: Interdisciplinary Perspectives and Global Views

1st Edition

Samuel Sánchez y Sánchez, Annie Hesp
March 29, 2017

The Spanish Camino de Santiago, a pilgrimage rooted in the Medieval period and increasingly active today, has attracted a growing amount of both scholarly and popular attention. With its multiple points of departure in Spain and other European countries, its simultaneously secular and religious...

Excavating Pilgrimage: Archaeological Approaches to Sacred Travel and Movement in the Ancient World

Excavating Pilgrimage: Archaeological Approaches to Sacred Travel and Movement in the Ancient World

1st Edition

Troels Myrup Kristensen, Wiebke Friese
February 16, 2017

This volume sheds new light on the significance and meaning of material culture for the study of pilgrimage in the ancient world, focusing in particular on Classical and Hellenistic Greece, the Roman Empire and Late Antiquity. It thus discusses how archaeological evidence can be used to advance our...

New Pathways in Pilgrimage Studies: Global Perspectives

New Pathways in Pilgrimage Studies: Global Perspectives

1st Edition

Dionigi Albera, John Eade
December 06, 2016

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...

Muslim and Catholic Pilgrimage Practices: Explorations Through Java

Muslim and Catholic Pilgrimage Practices: Explorations Through Java

1st Edition

Albertus Bagus Laksana
November 30, 2016

Exploring the distinctive nature and role of local pilgrimage traditions among Muslims and Catholics, Muslim and Catholic Pilgrimage Practices draws particularly on south central Java, Indonesia. In this area, the hybrid local Muslim pilgrimage culture is shaped by traditional Islam, the...

Pilgrimage, Politics and Place-Making in Eastern Europe: Crossing the Borders

Pilgrimage, Politics and Place-Making in Eastern Europe: Crossing the Borders

1st Edition

John Eade, Mario Katić
October 19, 2016

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...

Mobile Lifeworlds: An Ethnography of Tourism and Pilgrimage in the Himalayas

Mobile Lifeworlds: An Ethnography of Tourism and Pilgrimage in the Himalayas

1st Edition

Christopher A. Howard
August 02, 2016

Mobile Lifeworlds illustrates how the imaginaries and ideals of Western travellers, especially those of untouched nature and spiritual enlightenment, are consistent with media representations of the Himalayan region, romanticism and modernity at large. Blending tourism and pilgrimage, travel across...

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