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Title:Evangelical Tours to the Holy Land: A Study on the Theopolitics of Christian Pilgrimages
Author(s):Belhassen, Yaniv
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Santos, Carla A.
Department / Program:Recreation, Sport and Tourism
Discipline:Recreation, Sport and Tourism
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Political Science, General
Abstract:The fieldwork upon which all three studies that construct the body of this dissertation are based was conducted in East-Central Illinois, where an evangelical couple organizes trips to Israel as part of a larger set of religious activities they coordinate as managers of an evangelical radio station. By inductively examining the tours from Illinois, the dissertation attempts to contribute to tourism scholarship by placing empirical data in conversation with the pilgrimage and religious tourism literature and begin to evaluate the usefulness of the current epistemological shift in the way pilgrimage is studied and conceptualized as it occurs "on the ground." Seeking to, therefore, engage pilgrimage literature from a wider perspective by considering political, cultural and behavioral interrelated aspects. Given the central role of Israel in the evangelical worldview, it examines the relationship between theology and the state of Israel as a tourism destination. Additionally, by considering pilgrimage as a form of tourism, this dissertation strives to initiate a more direct discussion than has previously occurred in the literature regarding the utility of the concepts of authenticity for explaining tourists' experiences.
Issue Date:2007
Description:175 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2007.
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI3290176
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-28
Date Deposited:2007

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