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

Terzidou, Matina and Scarles, Caroline and Saunders, Mark N. K. (2017) Religiousness as tourist performances: a case study of Greek Orthodox pilgrimage. Annals of Tourism Research, 66 . pp. 116-129. ISSN 0160-7383

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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.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > Business School > Marketing, Branding and Tourism
Item ID: 22208
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Depositing User: Matina Terzidou
Date Deposited: 07 Jul 2017 14:23
Last Modified: 19 Dec 2018 10:51
URI: http://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/22208

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