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Author Howard, Christopher A., 1982- author

Title Mobile lifeworlds : an ethnography of tourism and pilgrimage in the Himalayas / by Christopher A. Howard
Published New York : Routledge, 2016
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Description 1 online resource
Series Routledge studies in pilgrimage religious travel, and tourism ; 6
Contents Questions of travel : meanings, experiences and change in tourism and pilgrimage -- Magic mountains : the Himalayas as a symbolic landscape -- Methodological wayfinding : phenomenology, mobile ethnography and serendipity -- Lost horizons : on the interplay of virtual, imaginary and corporeal mobilities -- To the village where no roads go : searching for authentic nature-culture in the Himalayas -- Travailing : boundary crossing and bodily disruption in Nepal and India -- Being where? : mobile inter-placing in the age of digital ge-stell
Summary "Mobile Lifeworlds illustrates how the imaginaries and ideals of Western travellers, especially those of untouched nature and spiritual enlightenment, are consistent with media representations of the Himalayan region, romanticism and modernity at large. Blending tourism and pilgrimage, travel across Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan, and Northern India is often inspired and oriented by a search for authenticity, adventure and Otherness. Such valued ideals are shown, however, to be contested by the very forces and configurations that enable global mobility. The role ubiquitous media and mobile technologies now play in framing travel experiences are explored, revealing a situation in which actors are neither here nor there, but increasingly are 'inter-placed' across planetary landscapes. Beyond institutionalised religious contexts and the visiting of sacred sites, the author shows how a secular religiosity manifests in practical, bodily encounters with foreign environments. This book is unique in that it draws on a dynamic and innovative set of disciplinary and theoretical perspectives, especially phenomenology, the mobilities paradigm and philosophical anthropology. The volume breaks fresh ground in pilgrimage, tourism and travel studies by unfolding the complex relationships between the virtual, imaginary and corporeal dynamics of contemporary mobile lifeworlds"--Publisher's website
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Mass media -- Social aspects -- Western countries
Mobile communication systems -- Social aspects -- Western countries
Pilgrims and pilgrimages -- Himalaya Mountains
Public opinion -- Western countries
Sacred space -- Himalaya Mountains
Secularism -- Social aspects -- Western countries
Tourism -- Social aspects -- Himalaya Mountains
Mass media -- Social aspects.
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Cultural Policy
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Cultural Policy
Pilgrims and pilgrimages.
Public opinion, Western.
Public opinion.
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / Cultural
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / Cultural
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Popular Culture
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Popular Culture
Sacred space.
Secularism -- Social aspects.
Tourism -- Social aspects.
Himalaya Mountains -- Description and travel
Himalaya Mountains -- Foreign public opinion, Western
Himalaya Mountains -- Religious life and customs
Himalaya Mountains.
Western countries.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 131722177X (electronic bk.)
9781317221777 (electronic bk.)