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Pilgrimage and Political Economy

Translating the Sacred

Edited by Simon Coleman and John Eade
Afterword by Dionigi Albera

206 pages, 4 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78533-942-4 $135.00/£99.00 Hb Published (July 2018)

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“This volume is an important new step within the field of pilgrimage studies, challenging Eurocentric (and Protestant-oriented) concepts of ‘pilgrimage’, ‘religion’, and the ‘sacred’ within the field of social sciences.” • Anna Niedźwiedź, Jagiellonian University, Kraków

“The book is a welcome addition to the anthropology of pilgrimage, and makes a good case for what the study of pilgrimage and its contexts can contribute to an understanding of broader social processes in the contemporary world. It covers a wide range of locales and religions, and, while focused on contemporary ethnography, also includes historical and philological reflections.” • Jackie Feldman, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev


Pilgrimage has always had a tendency to follow—and sometimes create—trade routes. This volume explores how wider factors behind transnational and global mobility have impacted on pilgrimage activity across the world, and examines the ways in which pilgrimage relates to migration, diaspora, and political cooperation or conflict across nation-states. Furthermore, it brings together case studies that explore forms of mobility where pilgrimage is juxtaposed, complements, or is in intimate association with other forms of movement.

Simon Coleman is Chancellor Jackman Professor at the Department for the Study of Religion, University of Toronto. His publications include Pilgrimage Past and Present in the World Religions (Harvard, 1995, with John Elsner), Pilgrim Voices: Authorship and Narrative in Christian Pilgrimage (Berghahn, 2003, edited with John Elsner) and “Guiding the Pilgrim” (Special Issue of Tourist Studies, 2015, edited with John Eade and Evgenia Mesaritou).

John Eade is Professor of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Roehampton, and Research Fellow at the Department for the Study of Religion, University of Toronto. His publications include Contesting the Sacred: The Anthropology of Christian Pilgrimage (Routledge, 1991, edited with M. Sallnow) and Reframing Pilgrimage (Routledge, 2004, edited with Simon Coleman).

Subject: Anthropology (General) Anthropology of Religion Political and Economic Anthropology


List of Illustrations

Introduction: Pilgrimage and Political Economy: Introduction to a Research Agenda
Simon Coleman and John Eade

Chapter 1. From the Indian Ganges to a Mauritian Lake: Hindu Pilgrimage in a ‘Diasporic’ Context
Mathieu Claveyrolas

Chapter 2. Transnational Courting through Shakyamuni Buddha: Japanese Pilgrimage and Geographical Dowries in North India
David Geary

Chapter 3. Sufism and Pilgrimage Market: A Political Economy of a Shrine in Southern Pakistan
Rémy Delage

Chapter 4. Allah Always Hears the Prayers of a Traveller: Nationalized Shrines and Transnational Imaginaries in Bukhara
Maria Louw

Chapter 5. ‘Pilgrimage Capital’ and Bosnian Croat Pilgrimage Places: Bosnian Croat Pilgrimages and Transnational Ties through Time and Space
Mario Katić

Chapter 6. Translating Catholic Pilgrimage Sites into Energy Grammar: Contested Spiritual Practices in Chartres and Vézelay
Anna Fedele

Chapter 7. A Pentecostal Shrine in Mexico: Ethnography of Migration and Pilgrimage
Patricia Fortuny Loret de Mola

Chapter 8. The Paths of Saint James in Brazil: Body, Spirituality and Market
Carlos Alberto Steil

Afterword: Going Beyond the Elusive Nature of Pilgrimage
Dionigi Albera


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