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Mobile lifeworlds : an ethnography of tourism and pilgrimage in the Himalayas

Author: Christopher A Howard
Publisher: New York : Routledge, 2017.
Series: Routledge studies in pilgrimage religious travel, and tourism, 6.
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"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  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Christopher A Howard
ISBN: 9781138656215 1138656216
OCLC Number: 959652583
Description: xii, 182 pages ; 24 cm.
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.
Series Title: Routledge studies in pilgrimage religious travel, and tourism, 6.
Responsibility: Christopher A. Howard.

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"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.

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