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Nilsson, M. & Tesfahuney, M. (2019). Borta bra men hemma bäst. YMER, 139, 79-96
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Borta bra men hemma bäst
2019 (English)In: YMER, ISSN 0044-0477, Vol. 139, p. 79-96Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
University of Stockholm, 2019
National Category
Other Social Sciences
Research subject
Turismvetenskap
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-72504 (URN)2-s2.0-85065469658 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2019-06-13 Created: 2019-06-13 Last updated: 2019-06-13Bibliographically approved
Blom, T. & Nilsson, M. (2019). Frusen tid - eller lockelsen av det icke tillrättalagda. Geografiska Notiser, 77(1-2), 59-69
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Frusen tid - eller lockelsen av det icke tillrättalagda
2019 (Swedish)In: Geografiska Notiser, ISSN 0016-724X, Vol. 77, no 1-2, p. 59-69Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [sv]

Att resa och utifrån den enskilda individens perspektiv besöka och uppleva nya platser och attraktioner är för många en viktig del av livet. Vad är det då som fängslar vår nyfikenhet så att vi bestämmer oss för att genomföra en resa? Vi söker efter platser som över tid blivit en attraktion, men som initialt ur olika perspektiv ansågs vara problematiska och där det offentligas hållning initialt var att platsens attraktion skulle försvunnit alternativt glömts bort. Med denna utgångspunkt är syftet med föreliggande artikel att sätta ljuset på den form av verksamheter som varit föremål för utredningar av det offentliga om att tas bort eller på annat sätt inte ge allmänheten tillgång till platsen, men som efterhand utvecklats till att vara en besöksattraktion och därmed istället ses som en resurs för platsen och regionen.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Lund: Svenska Sällskapet för Antropologi och Geografi, SSAG, 2019
Keywords
plats, landskap, attribut, identitet, äkthet
National Category
Human Geography
Research subject
Turismvetenskap
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-72146 (URN)
Available from: 2019-05-24 Created: 2019-05-24 Last updated: 2019-07-03Bibliographically approved
Nilsson, M. & Tesfahuney, M. (2019). Home - Tourism's Uncanny. Current Issues in Tourism, 22(15), 1783-1788, Article ID 0704969979.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Home - Tourism's Uncanny
2019 (English)In: Current Issues in Tourism, ISSN 1368-3500, E-ISSN 1747-7603, ISSN 1368-3500, Vol. 22, no 15, p. 1783-1788, article id 0704969979Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

We argue that home proper is tourism’s uncanny. Questions of home do not take centre stage in the discipline. Of course second homes have been explored in tourism studies. However, home proper has not been a subject worthy of philosophical/theoretical deliberations, analytical or methodological debates. Strange as it may seem, the discipline is home-less.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis, 2019
Keywords
home; tourism; uncanny; tourism canon; home-less ontologies
National Category
Human Geography
Research subject
Human Geography; Turismvetenskap
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-66441 (URN)10.1080/13683500.2018.1441269 (DOI)000478102900001 ()
Available from: 2018-02-20 Created: 2018-02-20 Last updated: 2019-08-15Bibliographically approved
Nilsson, M. & Tesfahuney, M. (2018). The Post-secular Tourist: Re-thinking Pilgrimage Tourism. Tourist Studies, 18(2), 159-176
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The Post-secular Tourist: Re-thinking Pilgrimage Tourism
2018 (English)In: Tourist Studies, ISSN 1468-7976, E-ISSN 1741-3206, Vol. 18, no 2, p. 159-176Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The coming of post-secular society has opened up interesting transdisciplinary research and perspectives. Research and academic debates on the post-secular have yet to make inroads into the discipline of tourism studies, which is ironic since there is an intrinsic religiosity to tourism. We table that tourism lies at the core of the post-secular turn and should be studied as such. Likewise, academic debate on post-secularism has not accorded tourism its proper due. This study has two objectives. First, to fill the research gap in studies of tourism and post-secularism and, second, to show that post-secular tourism is one of the key spaces where the post-secular is articulated. This article is based on interviews of pilgrims in the Galicia region (Spain) conducted in 2011, 2012 and 2014. Four major attributes of post-secular tourism were identified: (self-)reflexivity, quest for ontological security, heterodoxy and topos-disloyalty. Our findings indicate that the post-secular tourist transcends conventional dichotomies between religious pilgrimage and tourism, journeying as affirmation of denominational faith and pure leisure. Post-secular tourism is about ontogenesis, that is, it is performative rather than injunctive. It is in this sense that one can speak of post-secular tourism as something open, unfolding and in constant becoming.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sage Publications, 2018
Keywords
becoming, heterodoxy, ontological insecurity, post-secular, Santiago de Compostela, topos-disloyalty, tourism
National Category
Human Geography
Research subject
Human Geography; Turismvetenskap
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-65565 (URN)10.1177/1468797617723467 (DOI)
Projects
Mobilities & Tourism: Track 3 - Geomedia Forskar grupp
Available from: 2018-01-11 Created: 2018-01-11 Last updated: 2018-09-06Bibliographically approved
Nilsson, M. (2018). Wanderers in the shadow of the sacred myth: Pilgrims in the 21st Century. Social & cultural geography (Print), 19(1), 21-38
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Wanderers in the shadow of the sacred myth: Pilgrims in the 21st Century
2018 (English)In: Social & cultural geography (Print), ISSN 1464-9365, E-ISSN 1470-1197, Vol. 19, no 1, p. 21-38Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Drawing on qualitative interviews with people journeying to Santiago de Compostela in Spain, this paper examines contemporary forms of pilgrimage. The journeys are found to encompass elements of both pilgrimage and tourism, blending the sacred and the profane. Contemporary pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela is shown to be an expression of new forms of spirituality, as well as reflecting the global increase in tourism, rather than as a revival of a traditional religious practice. At one level, the sacred meaning of Santiago de Compostela is thus shifting. A sense of the historical sacredness of the Way persists, however, and this is as an important backdrop for the understanding and experience of the contemporary pilgrim.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Routledge, 2018
Keywords
Pilgrimage, Sacred Place, Pilgrims, Post-Secular, Tourism and Santiago de Compostela
National Category
Human Geography
Research subject
Human Geography; Turismvetenskap
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-38908 (URN)10.1080/14649365.2016.1249398 (DOI)000419606500002 ()
Available from: 2015-12-17 Created: 2015-12-17 Last updated: 2018-10-16Bibliographically approved
Nilsson, M. & Tesfahuney, M. (2016). Performing the "Post-Secular" in Santiago de Compostela. Annals of Tourism Research, 57, 18-30
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Performing the "Post-Secular" in Santiago de Compostela
2016 (English)In: Annals of Tourism Research, ISSN 0160-7383, E-ISSN 1873-7722, Vol. 57, p. 18-30Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Current debates on and theorizations of (post)secularism lack sustained discussions of the role of pilgrimage tourism, spiritual journeys and sacred places. This article is a theoretically informed and empirically based study that explores contemporary pilgrimage tourism as an arena where ‘post-secular’ praxis and discourse fuse. It identifies the multiple ways in which the ‘post-secular’ is performed through pilgrimage tourism, viz. construction of identities, journeys of becoming and performativity as instances of mobile place making. Contemporary pilgrimage tourism to Santiago de Compostela is polyvalent. Pilgrimages cannot be read off as unambiguously religious, secular or post-secular. Pilgrimage tourism spaces are open-ended such that place identity and meaning are being continuously reworked.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier, 2016
Keywords
Post-secular; Plcae; Performativity; Santiago de Compostela;Pilgrimage; Polyvalent mobilities
National Category
Human Geography
Research subject
Human Geography; Turismvetenskap
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-38909 (URN)10.1016/j.annals.2015.11.001 (DOI)000372685200002 ()
Available from: 2015-12-17 Created: 2015-12-17 Last updated: 2018-09-06Bibliographically approved
Nilsson, M. (2016). Post-Secular Tourism: A Study of Pilgrimages to Santiago de Compostela. (Doctoral dissertation). Karlstad: Karlstads universitet
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Post-Secular Tourism: A Study of Pilgrimages to Santiago de Compostela
2016 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This thesis takes its starting-point in the post-secular changes in society and how these interplay with tourism. In spite of the intensive academic debate on and theorisation of the post-secular and post-secularism, the role of tourism in this change, called the return of religion, has not been studied. Conversely, neither has the role of post-secularism in tourism been addressed. The overall aim of this thesis is to describe and understand the relation between post-secularism and tourism. Specifically, the aim is to clarify and understand the relation between religious faith, place and tourism in our time on the basis of a case study of pilgrimage in the area of Santiago de Compostela. In other words, the thesis highlights the role of tourism in the emergence of what is now called the post-secular condition.

Santiago de Compostela is a Catholic Church instituted holy city, which has increase in number of visitors. The growing number of pilgrimages and their significance lend vitality to the return of religion phenomenon. The empirical material derives primarily from individual interviews as narratives are considered to be a vital dimension to constitute and construct human realities and modes of being.

This thesis shows that contemporary pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela is a post-secular performative and place-creating phenomenon. Post-secular tourist places are subjective and spiritually meaningful destinations. Unlike traditional pilgrimage destinations a key attribute is that neither traditional religious faith nor loyalty to institutionalised faith are (pre)ordained. Rather, place is constructed by the narratives and experiences of post-secular tourists.

Abstract [en]

This thesis takes its starting-point in the post-secular changes in society and how these interplay with tourism. In spite of the intensive academic debate on and theorisation of the post-secular and post-secularism, the role of tourism in this change, called the return of religion, has not been studied. Conversely, neither has the role of post-secularism in tourism been addressed. The overall aim of this thesis is to describe and understand the relation between post-secularism and tourism. Specifically, the aim is to clarify and understand the relation between religious faith, place and tourism in our time on the basis of a case study of pilgrimage in the area of Santiago de Compostela. In other words, the thesis highlights the role of tourism in the emergence of what is now called the post-secular condition.

This thesis shows that contemporary pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela is a post-secular performative and place-creating phenomenon. Post-secular tourist places are subjective and spiritually meaningful destinations. Unlike traditional pilgrimage destinations a key attribute is that neither traditional religious faith nor loyalty to institutionalised faith are (pre)ordained. Rather, place is constructed by the narratives and experiences of post-secular tourists.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Karlstad: Karlstads universitet, 2016. p. 78
Series
Karlstad University Studies, ISSN 1403-8099 ; 2
Keywords
Post-Secular, Tourism, Pilgrimage, Sacred Place, Santiago de Compostela
National Category
Human Geography
Research subject
Human Geography; Turismvetenskap
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-38900 (URN)978-91-7063-679-0 (ISBN)
Public defence
2016-02-19, 11D257, Agardhsalen, 10:15 (Swedish)
Opponent
Supervisors
Available from: 2016-01-28 Created: 2015-12-16 Last updated: 2018-09-06Bibliographically approved
Blom, T., Nilsson, M. & Santos Solla, X. (2016). The way to Santiago beyond Santiago. Fisterra and the pilgrimage´s post-secular meaning. European Journal of Tourism Research, 12, 133-146
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The way to Santiago beyond Santiago. Fisterra and the pilgrimage´s post-secular meaning
2016 (English)In: European Journal of Tourism Research, ISSN 1994-7658, E-ISSN 1314-0817, Vol. 12, p. 133-146Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

There is a growing demand for pilgrimage, which in turn seems to be linked to the change in content and performance that the practice of pilgrimage is undergoing. This paper examines the emergence of Fisterra as a “new” end destination for the pilgrims. The aim of this study is to shed light on and create understanding of the destination Fisterra and the meaning of the place and the role it plays for the pilgrims. Empirically, the study is partly based on statistics and official documents and partly on interviews with pilgrims at Fisterra. The study concludes that contemporary Fisterra as the end of the journey should be perceived as an effect of the post-secular trend in Europe as well as a response to the fact that the historical goal of Santiago de Compostela is increasing

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Varna University of Management, 2016
Keywords
Pilgrim, Santiago de Compostela, Fisterra, Tourism, Post-secular, experientially based approach
National Category
Cultural Studies
Research subject
Human Geography; Turismvetenskap
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-38910 (URN)000385376600008 ()
Available from: 2015-12-17 Created: 2015-12-17 Last updated: 2018-09-06Bibliographically approved
Blom, T. & Nilsson, M. (2014). Gränsernas mystik: Lockelser av det okända. Geografiska Notiser (3), 111-116
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Gränsernas mystik: Lockelser av det okända
2014 (Swedish)In: Geografiska Notiser, ISSN 0016-724X, no 3, p. 111-116Article in journal (Other academic) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Lund: , 2014
Keywords
pilgrimsturism, sakral turism
National Category
Human Geography
Research subject
Turismvetenskap
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-33651 (URN)
Available from: 2014-09-12 Created: 2014-09-12 Last updated: 2018-02-22Bibliographically approved
Blom, T., Nilsson, M., Ernfridsson, F. & Tengling, M. (2013). Turism – resmål och resvägar. Stockholm: Liber
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Turism – resmål och resvägar
2013 (Swedish)Book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Liber, 2013. p. 254
National Category
Human Geography
Research subject
Turismvetenskap
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-41028 (URN)9789147107728 (ISBN)
Available from: 2016-03-12 Created: 2016-03-12 Last updated: 2019-03-19Bibliographically approved
Organisations
Identifiers
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