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The Sunday morning journey to church considered as a form of ‘micro-pilgrimage’

The Sunday morning journey to church considered as a form of ‘micro-pilgrimage’ AbstractUsing mixed methods data, the social significance and narrative of local journeys to church on a Sunday morning are examined and reframed as a form of pilgrimage. Pilgrimage studies over the last 30 years have criticized the concept proposed by Turner and Turner of pilgrimage as entirely opposite and peripheral to social structures and relation. Recent literature has reinterpreted Turner and Turner’s terminology of ‘liminality’ and ‘communitas’, developing these ideas to identify the continuities that remain between much of everyday life and contemporary pilgrimage. Furthermore, there has been a shift in focus, prompted by interest in mobilities, from pilgrimage centres to recognize the significance of the journey to such centres. This paper advances the discussion further to argue that local scale journeys to church should be considered as a form of micro-pilgrimage: local journeys to church services that can form part of a break from daily social structures to be used to prepare oneself for the act of worship or immersion in the social relations based in the church. The concept of micro-pilgrimages therefore recognizes that these journeys can, like longer pilgrimages, contain qualities of liminality and communitas that combine social and religious significance and meaning for the pilgrim. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Social & Cultural Geography Taylor & Francis

The Sunday morning journey to church considered as a form of ‘micro-pilgrimage’

Social & Cultural Geography , Volume 17 (5): 20 – Jul 3, 2016
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Taylor & Francis
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© 2016 Taylor & Francis
ISSN
1470-1197
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1464-9365
DOI
10.1080/14649365.2016.1139168
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Abstract

AbstractUsing mixed methods data, the social significance and narrative of local journeys to church on a Sunday morning are examined and reframed as a form of pilgrimage. Pilgrimage studies over the last 30 years have criticized the concept proposed by Turner and Turner of pilgrimage as entirely opposite and peripheral to social structures and relation. Recent literature has reinterpreted Turner and Turner’s terminology of ‘liminality’ and ‘communitas’, developing these ideas to identify the continuities that remain between much of everyday life and contemporary pilgrimage. Furthermore, there has been a shift in focus, prompted by interest in mobilities, from pilgrimage centres to recognize the significance of the journey to such centres. This paper advances the discussion further to argue that local scale journeys to church should be considered as a form of micro-pilgrimage: local journeys to church services that can form part of a break from daily social structures to be used to prepare oneself for the act of worship or immersion in the social relations based in the church. The concept of micro-pilgrimages therefore recognizes that these journeys can, like longer pilgrimages, contain qualities of liminality and communitas that combine social and religious significance and meaning for the pilgrim.

Journal

Social & Cultural GeographyTaylor & Francis

Published: Jul 3, 2016

Keywords: Pilgrimage; church; religion and place; geography of religion; sacred space; religious journeys; pèlerinage; église; religion et lieu; géographie de la religion; espace sacré; voyages religieux; peregrinación; iglesia; religión y lugar; geografía de la religión; espacio sagrado; viajes religiosos

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