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In a Different Place: Pilgrimage, Gender, and Politics at a Greek Island Shrine (Princeton Modern Greek Studies)

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In a Different Place offers a richly textured account of a modern pilgrimage, combining ethnographic detail, theory, and personal reflection. Visited by thousands of pilgrims yearly, the Church of the Madonna of the Annunciation on the Aegean island of Tinos is a site where different interests--sacred and secular, local and national, personal and official--all come together. Exploring the shrine and its surrounding town, Jill Dubisch shares her insights into the intersection of social, religious, and political life in Greece. Along the way she develops the idea of pilgrimage-journeying away from home in search of the miraculous--as a metaphor for anthropological fieldwork. This highly readable work offers us the opportunity to share one anthropologist's personal and professional journey and to see in a "different place" the inadequacy of such conventional anthropological categories as theory versus data, rationality versus emotion, and the observer versus the observed.

Dubisch examines in detail the process of pilgrimage itself, its relationship to Orthodox belief and practice, the motivations and behavior of pilgrims, the relationship between religion and Greek national identity, and the gendered nature of religious roles. Seeking to evoke rather than simply describe, her book presents readers with a sense of the emotion, color, and power of pilgrimage at this Greek island shrine.

Synopsis:

"In this book we get not one pilgrimage but three: that of the believer seeking to be granted or to commemorate a miracle, that of the anthropologist departing from the more straightforward channels of structure-functionalism to follow the windings and rewindings of postmodernist reflexivity, and that of a sufferer, a woman, and a scholar arriving at the synthesis of her suffering, her sex, and her scholarship. In A Different Place is built upon a metaphorical foundation of exceptional power and vividness and of exceptional heuristic value."--James Faubion, Rice University

Synopsis:

In a Different Place offers a richly textured account of a modern pilgrimage, combining ethnographic detail, theory, and personal reflection. Visited by thousands of pilgrims yearly, the Church of the Madonna of the Annunciation on the Aegean island of Tinos is a site where different interests--sacred and secular, local and national, personal and official--all come together. Exploring the shrine and its surrounding town, Jill Dubisch shares her insights into the intersection of social, religious, and political life in Greece. Along the way she develops the idea of pilgrimage-journeying away from home in search of the miraculous--as a metaphor for anthropological fieldwork. This highly readable work offers us the opportunity to share one anthropologist's personal and professional journey and to see in a "different place" the inadequacy of such conventional anthropological categories as theory versus data, rationality versus emotion, and the observer versus the observed.

Dubisch examines in detail the process of pilgrimage itself, its relationship to Orthodox belief and practice, the motivations and behavior of pilgrims, the relationship between religion and Greek national identity, and the gendered nature of religious roles. Seeking to evoke rather than simply describe, her book presents readers with a sense of the emotion, color, and power of pilgrimage at this Greek island shrine.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [287]-308) and index.

Table of Contents

List of Plates
Acknowledgments
A Note on Transliteration
Ch. 1Introduction3
Ch. 2The Pilgrim and the Anthropologist20
Ch. 3The Anthropological Study of Pilgrimage34
Ch. 4Observing Pilgrimage: Churches, Icons, and the Devil49
Ch. 5Pilgrimage Observed: The Journey and the Vow76
Ch. 6The Observer Observed101
Ch. 7An Island in Space, an Island In Time120
Ch. 8Writing the Story/History of the Church: The Panayia and the Nun134
Ch. 9Of Nations and Foreigners, Miracles and Texts156
Ch. 10Women, Performance, and Pilgrimage: Beyond Honor and Shame193
Ch. 11The Virgin Mary and the Body Politic229
Ch. 12Epilogue: In a Different Place250
Notes259
References Cited287
Index309

Product Details

ISBN:
9780691029672
Author:
Dubisch, Jill
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Location:
Princeton, N.J. :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Social life and customs
Subject:
Anthropology
Subject:
Greece
Subject:
Sociology of Religion
Subject:
Mary
Subject:
Christian pilgrims and pilgrimages
Subject:
Mary, blessed virgin, saint
Subject:
Cult
Subject:
Tinos Island (Greece) Social life and customs.
Subject:
Tinos Island
Subject:
Sociology of Religion x
Subject:
Anthropology - General
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Gender Studies
Subject:
Mary - Devotion to - Greece - Tinos Island
Subject:
Christian pilgrims and pilgrimages - Greece -
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Princeton Modern Greek Studies (Paperback)
Series Volume:
1
Publication Date:
July 1995
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
14 halftones
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 16 oz

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"Synopsis" by , "In this book we get not one pilgrimage but three: that of the believer seeking to be granted or to commemorate a miracle, that of the anthropologist departing from the more straightforward channels of structure-functionalism to follow the windings and rewindings of postmodernist reflexivity, and that of a sufferer, a woman, and a scholar arriving at the synthesis of her suffering, her sex, and her scholarship. In A Different Place is built upon a metaphorical foundation of exceptional power and vividness and of exceptional heuristic value."--James Faubion, Rice University
"Synopsis" by , In a Different Place offers a richly textured account of a modern pilgrimage, combining ethnographic detail, theory, and personal reflection. Visited by thousands of pilgrims yearly, the Church of the Madonna of the Annunciation on the Aegean island of Tinos is a site where different interests--sacred and secular, local and national, personal and official--all come together. Exploring the shrine and its surrounding town, Jill Dubisch shares her insights into the intersection of social, religious, and political life in Greece. Along the way she develops the idea of pilgrimage-journeying away from home in search of the miraculous--as a metaphor for anthropological fieldwork. This highly readable work offers us the opportunity to share one anthropologist's personal and professional journey and to see in a "different place" the inadequacy of such conventional anthropological categories as theory versus data, rationality versus emotion, and the observer versus the observed.

Dubisch examines in detail the process of pilgrimage itself, its relationship to Orthodox belief and practice, the motivations and behavior of pilgrims, the relationship between religion and Greek national identity, and the gendered nature of religious roles. Seeking to evoke rather than simply describe, her book presents readers with a sense of the emotion, color, and power of pilgrimage at this Greek island shrine.

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