Pilgrimage as Transformative Process

The Movement from Fractured to Integrated


The construct of transformation has emerged as a prominent theme in academic discourse. Based on the accepted notion that processes and living organisms are in an ongoing state of development, it is unsurprising that this concept of transformation would find resonance within literature on the pilgrimage phenomenon. Examples of transformational processes intersecting with pilgrimage are the movement from sickness to wellness, from grief to closure and from fractured to integrated. That the pilgrimage journey itself can be construed as a transformational quest was noted by Winkleman and Dubisch (2005), who stated “Life-transforming experiences are at the core of both ‘traditional’ and more contemporary forms of pilgrimage”. In the current volume, Warfield and Hetherington examine the transformational process of pilgrimage journeys. Contributors are Sharenda Holland Barlar, Anne M. Blankenship, Valentina Bold, Shirley du Plooy, Alexandria M. Egler, Miguel Tain Guzman, Kate Hetherington, Scott Libson, Chadwick Co Sy Su, Kip Redick, Roy Tamashiro and Heather A. Warfield.

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Heather A. Warfield, Ph.D. (2013), North Carolina State University, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Applied Psychology at Antioch University. She has published articles on the therapeutic value of pilgrimage and pilgrimage as healing from military combat. Her research is focused on pilgrimage as a psychological universal and the intersection of pilgrimage and wellbeing. Kate Hetherington, BSc (Hons) Psychology (1st Class) (2016), is an independent researcher within the domain of psychology. Her research focuses on the phenomenon of pilgrimage and its relationship with health and wellbeing.
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Introduction: Pilgrimage as Transformative Process
Heather A. Warfield and Kate Hetherington

Part 1: Transformation of Pilgrimage Perspectives

1 Substantive, Non-Substantive and Ontogenetic Perspectives on Pilgrimages
Shirley du Plooy
2 Pilgrimage as Religiously Educative
Alexandria M. Egler
3 From Existential to Ideological Communitas: Can Pilgrimage Connect and Transform the World?
Heather A. Warfield

Part 2: Identity, Self and Wellbeing Transformation

4 Peace Pilgrimage as Transformative Learning and Identity Redefinition
Roy Tamashiro
5 Living and Letting Live, Reframing Atheist Travel into Understanding Cultural Differences
Chadwick Co SY SU
6 The Camino de Santiago and Wellbeing: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis of the Pilgrimage Experiences of Australian Women
Kate Hetherington
7 Sensuous Encounter Where Journey and Festival Meet: A Phenomenology of Pilgrimage
Kip Redick

Part 3: Historical and Communal Transformation

8 Modern Influences along an Ancient Way: Pilgrimage and Globalization
Sharenda Holland Barlar
9 The Iconography of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela: Types, Nationalities and Authors of the Views of the Basilica at the End of the Way of Saint James
Miguel Taín Guzmán
10 Pilgrimage to the Japanese American Incarceration Camps: Deploying Collective Memory for Social Justice and Communal Healing
Anne M. Blankenship
11 ‘Our Sacred Effort—Find Your Place in God’s Story’: Southern Baptist Global Missions and Evangelical Pilgrimage
Scott Libson
12 The Whithorn Way: Twenty-First Century Pilgrimage in Scotland
Valentina Bold
Those interested in contemporary perspective on pilgrimage journeys, which include journeys on a continuum from secular to sacred pilgrimages. In particular, academics, researchers, study abroad offices, and pilgrims.
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