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Wanderers in the shadow of the sacred myth: pilgrims in the 21st Century
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Geography, Media and Communication.
2016 (English)In: Social & cultural geography (Print), ISSN 1464-9365, E-ISSN 1470-1197Article in journal (Refereed) Accepted
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
Taylor & Francis Group, 2016.
Keyword [en]
Pilgrimage, Sacred Place, PIlgrims, Post-Secular, Tourism and Santiago de Compostela
National Category
Social Sciences
Research subject
Human Geography
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-38908DOI: 10.1080/14649365.2016.1249398OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-38908DiVA: diva2:884072
Available from: 2015-12-17 Created: 2015-12-17 Last updated: 2016-11-30Bibliographically 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. 78 p.
Series
Karlstad University Studies, ISSN 1403-8099 ; 2
Keyword
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)
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Available from: 2016-01-28 Created: 2015-12-16 Last updated: 2016-05-23Bibliographically approved

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