Pilgrimage studies as a distinct field of interest started to emerge only recently in Oceania, which encompasses Australia, and the islands and nations of Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia. Most of the work has been undertaken by Anglophone scholars working in history, religious studies and tourism studies. French scholars working in New Caledonia and French Polynesia have shown little interest in pilgrimage studies, and dissemination between Anglophone and Francophone scholarship is, also in the part of the world, limited. Characteristic is the stark divide that exists between mainly historical, religious and tourism studies scholars working on Australian or 'western' travel and pilgrimage, and anthropologists working in indigenous communities in Oceania. While the former predominantly focus on nationhood and self within the contexts of war and tourism pilgrimages, the latter often focuses on indigenous relational religious and spiritual ontologies, and related notions of alterity.
|Title of host publication||New Pathways in Pilgrimage Studies: Global Perspectives|
|Editors||Dionigi Albera & John Eade|
|Place of Publication||Oxon, New York|
|Publisher||Routledge Taylor & Francis Group|
|Publication status||Published - 2017|