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Local Identities and Transnational Cults within Europe

Local Identities and Transnational Cults within Europe

CABI Religious Tourism and Pilgrimage Series

Now Published!

Edited by F Giacalone, Associate Professor of Cultural Anthropology. University of Perugia, Italy, K Griffin, Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland

May 2018 / Hardback / 176 Pages / 9781786392527 £95.00 / €125.00 / $160.00
With 10% online discount: £85.50 / €112.50 / $144.00
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Main Description

Local-level pilgrimages, when based on strong expressions of faith, can have a much wider local, regional and international appeal. It has been estimated that pilgrims and religious tourists number around 330 million per year, meaning development of these faith identities can help drive destination visitation and regional development. This book explores the central role of ordinary people in the popularisation of faith-based practices, thus illustrating religious tourism as an expression of cultural identity.

Focusing on the interrelationship of cultural groups and the overall formation of culture and society, this book:

- Uses a range of multidisciplinary, sociological and ethnographic studies to illustrate the evolution of pilgrimage sites and saints.
- Includes practical case studies and illustrations of religious tourism and pilgrimage development from a variety of international perspectives.
- Provides a selection of discussion questions for each chapter, encouraging readers to engage with further study and investigation of these important issues.

An invaluable review of cultural identity and faith, this book delivers to scholars, students and local policy makers a collection of current perspectives on the growth, development and evolution of faith practices surrounding contemporary and historical sites and saints.


Suitable for academics and students of religious tourism

  • Part 1: From Local to International, the Development of Devotion
  • 1: Introduction: Local Identity and Transnational Cults
  • 2: Continuity from Local Cult to ‘Accepted’ Ritual
  • 3: Developing Pilgrimage Itineraries: The Way of St Francis in Umbria as Case in Point
  • 4: Pilgrimage, Religious Tourism and Heritage in Calabria
  • 5: Fighting for the Saint: Ritual Rivalries in Traditional Pilgrimages
  • Part 2: Popular Pilgrimage Development
  • 6: Chinese Migrations and Pilgrimages around Prato (Italy) and Wenzhou (China)
  • 7: Globalizing Romani Culture: The Pilgrimage to the Sea in Les-Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer (France)
  • 8: The Cult of Señor de los Milagros of Peruvians in Italy
  • 9: Cultural Diversity in a Local French Pilgrimage
  • 10: Mixing Sport and Religion in the Landes Area of France
  • 11: An Ethnology of the Foreign Traveller to the Shrine of St Nicholas of Bari, Italy
  • Part 3: Focus on Saint Rita
  • 12: Healing Tourists with Religion: Saint Rita’s Cult in Poland
  • 13: A Transnational Cult: St Rita of Cascia
  • 14: Saint Rita of Cascia: An Evolving Devotion in Dublin’s Inner City
  • 15: Conclusion
  • 16: Discussion Questions

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Giacalone Fiorella Giacalone is an Associate Professor of Cultural Anthropology in the Department of Political Science, University of Perugia (Italy). She is President of the degree Course in Social Work and the degree Course of Social Policy. She is a member of two International Associations of Anthropologists (FER Eurethno du Conseil de l'Europe and EASA, European Ass. Social Anthropology). She has taught at the universities of Florianopolis (Brazil), Valladolid (Spain), Paris, and Marrakech (Morocco). She is interested in the holy feminine, the bodily symbols in Catholicism and Islam, and the forms of construction and definition of the female body in the monotheistic religions. She is concerned also with the relation between medical anthropology and social services for immigrants. Recently, she has studied the daily life of young Muslim immigrants in secular Western culture. She has published 7 books and 70 essays in books and Italian and foreign scientific reviews.