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Contesting the Sacred By John Eade

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This work undertakes a re-think of earlier anthropological studies of Christian pilgrimage, for example, "Image and Pilgrimage in Christian Culture". The book explores the limitations of earlier perspectives within the context of recent debates and developments in anthropology and society.

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Contesting the Sacred: Anthropology of Christian Pilgrimage by John Eade

This work undertakes a re-think of earlier anthropological studies of Christian pilgrimage, in particular, "Image and Pilgrimage in Christian Culture", by V. and E.Turner. This new study explores the limitations of the Turnerian perspective within the context of recent debates and developments in anthropology and sociology. The contributors propose a new agenda for pilgrimage studies, recognizing above all, that pilgrimage is an arena for competing religious and secular discourses. Their investigations highlight the heterogeneity of the pilgrimage process, and their descriptive and analytical accounts aim to provide a basis for comparing different Christian shrines across the world. Particular shrines in France, Italy, Israel, Sri Lanka and Peru are examined with regard not only to the dynamics of religious expression and belief but also with regard to the political and economic processes operating at local and more global levels. This new theoretical approach to the sacred in general and pilgrimage in particular links up with general developments within anthropology.

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Table of Contents


Introduction, John Eade and Michael J.Sallnow; the body as a principle of Holism: three pilgrimages to Lourdes, Andrea Dahlberg; order and power at Lourdes - lay helpers and the organization of a pilgrimage shrine, John Eade; San Giovanni Rotondo and the Shrine of Padre Pio, Christopher McKevitt; Christian ideology and the image of a Holy Land - the place of Jerusalem pilgrimage in the various Christianities, Glenn Bowman; place and person in Sinhala Catholic pilgrimage, R.L.Stirrat; pilgrimage and cultural fracture in the Andes, Michael J.Sallnow.

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GOR002346547
Contesting the Sacred: Anthropology of Christian Pilgrimage by John Eade
John Eade
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Taylor & Francis Ltd
1991-05-31
192
0415043611
9780415043618
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