Enchanting Pasts: The Role of International Civil Religious Pilgrimage in Reimagining National Collective Memory

BD West

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Abstract

The burgeoning activity of Australian backpacker tourists visiting the WWI Gallipoli battlefields is analyzed to explore the rite of international civil religious pilgrimage. Drawing on Maurice Halbwachs, it is argued that this ritual form plays an important role in reimagining and enchanting established national mythologies. At Gallipoli, this occurred through the development of a dialogical historical narrative combining Australian and Turkish understandings of the past. The broader influence of this narrative on Australian historical understanding illustrates how global forces can be integrated within the study of national collective memory.
Translated title of the contributionEnchanting Pasts: The Role of International Civil Religious Pilgrimage in Reimagining National Collective Memory
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)258 - 270
Number of pages12
JournalSociological Theory
Volume26
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2008

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