Change search
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • harvard1
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association-8th-edition
  • vancouver
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf
Pilgrimage or Sacred Tourism?: A Modern Phenomenon eith Historical Roots, with Examples from Fatima and Santiago de Compostela
Karlstad University, Faculty of Social and Life Sciences, Department of Geography and Tourism.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1847-6245
Karlstad University, Faculty of Social and Life Sciences, Department of Geography and Tourism. Karlstad University, Faculty of Social and Life Sciences, Centre for the Studies of Social Sciences Didactics.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5790-5922
University of Vigo, Spain.
2008 (English)In: Revista Turismo & Desenvolvimento, ISSN 1645-9261Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

                                            This article discusses the phenomenon of pilgrim tourism from a post-modern perspective characterized by an increasing secularization and illustrates, with the aid of a couple of examples - Santiago de Compostela in SpainspainSubject Category: Geographic Entitiessee more details and Fatima in PortugalportugalSubject Category: Geographic Entitiessee more details - the distinctive features of this type of tourism-related product and links it to a regional developmentregional developmentSubject Category: Miscellaneoussee more details perspective. It is increasingly obvious that the world is becoming more polarized with an orthodox conservative religious wind blowing across the world while an increasingly secular view of life is gaining ground reducing religiousness in daily life to an inferior position. The importance of the desire to visit religious sites to find fellowship and achieve mental satisfaction is gaining ground. Irrespective of the individual's purpose in making their journey to various sacred sites in the world, the tourism industry is growing in importance here and thus, in the future, ever greater demands will be placed on the regional and local actors who receive visitors at these sites. There are considerable opportunities for these actors to further develop sacred tourism as a post-modern tourism niche.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Aveiro, 2008.
Keywords [en]
Case studies, pilgrimages, regional development, religious tourism, tourism development
National Category
Human Geography
Research subject
Human Geography
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-22425OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-22425DiVA, id: diva2:596102
Available from: 2013-01-21 Created: 2013-01-21 Last updated: 2018-02-22Bibliographically approved
In thesis
1. Post-Secular Tourism: A Study of Pilgrimages to Santiago de Compostela
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
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: 2018-02-22Bibliographically approved

Open Access in DiVA

No full text in DiVA

Other links

http://www2.egi.ua.pt/rtd/

Authority records BETA

Blom, ThomasNilsson, Mats

Search in DiVA

By author/editor
Blom, ThomasNilsson, Mats
By organisation
Department of Geography and TourismCentre for the Studies of Social Sciences Didactics
Human Geography

Search outside of DiVA

GoogleGoogle Scholar

urn-nbn

Altmetric score

urn-nbn
Total: 79 hits
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • harvard1
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association-8th-edition
  • vancouver
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf