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The way to Santiago beyond Santiago. Fisterra and the pilgrimage´s post-secular meaning
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Geography, Media and Communication.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1847-6245
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Geography, Media and Communication.
Spanien.
2016 (English)In: European Journal of Tourism Research, ISSN 1994-7658, E-ISSN 1314-0817, Vol. 12, 133-146 p.Article 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. Vol. 12, 133-146 p.
Keyword [en]
Pilgrim, Santiago de Compostela, Fisterra, Tourism, Post-secular, experientially based approach
National Category
Social Sciences Cultural Studies
Research subject
Human Geography
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-38910OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-38910DiVA: diva2:884514
Available from: 2015-12-17 Created: 2015-12-17 Last updated: 2016-10-13Bibliographically 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)
Opponent
Supervisors
Available from: 2016-01-28 Created: 2015-12-16 Last updated: 2016-05-23Bibliographically approved

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