Cookies?
Library Header Image
LSE Research Online LSE Library Services

Pilgrimage in mediaspace: continuities and transformations

Couldry, Nick (2007) Pilgrimage in mediaspace: continuities and transformations. Etnofoor, 20 (1). pp. 63-74. ISSN 0921-5158

[img]
Preview
PDF - Accepted Version
Download (424kB) | Preview
[img]
Preview
PDF - Published Version
Download (410kB) | Preview

Abstract

The concept of pilgrimage has a contested history, but this article argues that the Turnerian notion of pilgrimage as a compulsory journey to a focus of shared values remains of fundamental relevance, and is directly applicable to the range of journeys people now make to locations associated with media. After introducing the concept of ‘media pilgrimage’, the article discusses various challenges: first, from the argument that relatively banal journeys to media locations cannot possibly be compared to the intensity of religious pilgrimage; second, from the complexities of making the concept of ‘media pilgrimage’ work in transcultural comparison; and thirdly, from the difficulties of understanding what would continue ‘pilgrimage’ in the online environment of digital media. The article concludes the concept of media pilgrimage remains a useful one, even if its future boundaries are right now particularly uncertain.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://etnofoor.nl/
Additional Information: © The Author
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Sets: Departments > Media and Communications
Date Deposited: 10 Sep 2013 11:21
Last Modified: 27 Sep 2013 08:39
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/52409

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item

Downloads

Downloads per month over past year

View more statistics