Religiousness as tourist performances: a case study of Greek Orthodox pilgrimage

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Terzidou, M., Scarles, C. and Saunders, M. 2017. Religiousness as tourist performances: a case study of Greek Orthodox pilgrimage. Annals of Tourism Research. 66, pp. 116-129. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.annals.2017.06.009
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TitleReligiousness as tourist performances: a case study of Greek Orthodox pilgrimage
AuthorsTerzidou, M., Scarles, C. and Saunders, M.
Abstract

The aim of this paper is to decipher ways of experiencing religiousness through tourist performances, intersecting textual approaches with the essential embodiment and materiality of the tourist world. Exploring the diversity of religious tourists’ practices within the Greek Orthodox context, two dimensions underpinning religious tourist experience are highlighted: institutional performances and unconventional performances. Focussing on the embodied experience and drawing upon theories of performance, the paper critiques the interplays of body and place to re-conceptualise current understanding of the pilgrimage/tourism relationship. In doing so, the paper proposes that tourism and religion are not separate entities but linked through embodied notions of godliness sensed through touristic performances.

LanguageEnglish
PublisherPergamon
JournalAnnals of Tourism Research
ISSN0160-7383
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Online16 Jul 2017
Print01 Sep 2017
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Deposited07 Jul 2017
Accepted23 Jun 2017
Output statusPublished
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Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1016/j.annals.2017.06.009
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