Fundamentalist christian pilgrimages as a political and cultural force

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Based on fieldwork on a Midwestern American grassroots organization that conducts evangelical tours to Israel, this paper seeks to enrich analysis of the pilgrimage experience by suggesting a more contextualized approach to its study. To illustrate the implementation of the contextualized perspective, three thematic examples from the fieldwork are presented: men's emotional expression; religious deeds and their political meanings; and a case on the theo-political symbolism embedded in evangelical pilgrimage itineraries. It is argued that understanding not only the theological but also the historical, socio-cultural and political contexts in which evangelical tours operate can illuminate the way individual pilgrims construe meaning during their travel experiences. The paper concludes by suggesting that each of the examined examples illustrates the role of the pilgrimage as a cohesive force in the evangelical sub-culture.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)131-144
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Heritage Tourism
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2009


  • Culture
  • Pilgrimage
  • Religious tourism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • History
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management


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