In a Different Place: Pilgrimage, Gender, and Politics at a Greek Island Shrine

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Princeton University Press, 1995 - Social Science - 311 pages
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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.

 

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Contents

Introduction
3
The Pilgrim and the Anthropologist
20
The Anthropological Study of Pilgrimage
34
Observing Pilgrimage Churches Icons and the Devil
49
Pilgrimage Observed The Journey and the Vow
76
The Observer Observed
101
An Island in Space an Island In Time
120
Writing the StoryHistory of the Church The Panayia and the Nun
134
Of Nations and Foreigners Miracles and Texts
156
Women Performance and Pilgrimage Beyond Honor and Shame
193
The Virgin Mary and the Body Politic
229
Epilogue In a Different Place
250
Notes
259
References Cited
287
Index
309
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About the author (1995)

Jill Dubisch is Professor of Anthropology at Northern Arizona State University. She is the editor of Gender and Power in Rural Greece (Princeton).

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