Spiritual Tourism: Travel and Religious Practice in Western Society (Continuum Advances in Religious Studies)

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9781472514615: Spiritual Tourism: Travel and Religious Practice in Western Society (Continuum Advances in Religious Studies)

This book investigates spiritual tourism - tourism characterised by an intentional search for spiritual benefit - from a contemporary religious studies perspective. Using field research gathered from spiritual tourism locations in Asia and Europe, and utilizing contemporary scholarship on practices concerned with meaning and identity, it explores the phenomena of journeys that are taken for self transformation, tracing the history of transformative ideas in Western cultures of travel, and including the modes in which the travel experience has been communicated. Spiritual Tourism provides an important opportunity to comment on the role of tourism in contemporary conceptions of spirituality and spiritual practice in Western society.

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First volume exploring spiritual tourism as a phenomenon in Western cultures of travel, discussing the relationship between contemporary tourism and secular approaches to religious practices.

About the Author:

Alex Norman is Lecturer at the Department of Studies in Religion, University of Sydney, Australia. He is also Managing Editor of the Journal of Sociology and from January 2014 will be co-Editor of the International Journal for the Study of New Religions.

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