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Constructions of Self and Other in Yoga, Travel, and Tourism

A Journey to Elsewhere

Editors: Beaman, Lori G., Sikka, Sonia (Eds.)

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This volume considers the phenomenon of yoga travel as an instance of a broader genre of ‘spiritual travel’ involving journeys to places ‘elsewhere’, which are imagined to offer the possibility of profound personal transformation. These imaginings are tied up in a continued exoticization of the East, but they are not limited to that. Contributors identify various themes such as authenticity, suffering, space, material markers, and the idea of the ‘spiritual’, tracing how these ideas manifest in conceptions and fetishizations of ‘elsewhere.’  To deepen its analysis of this phenomenon, the book incorporates a wide range of disciplines including architecture, sociology, anthropology, philosophy, women’s studies, religious studies, and history. While the book’s primary focus is yoga and yoga travel, contributors offer up an array of other case studies. Chapters delve into the complex questions of agency and authenticity that accompany the concept of ‘spiritual travel’ and ideas of ‘elsewhere.’   

About the authors

Lori G. Beaman is the Canada Research Chair in the Contextualization of Religion in a Diverse Canada and Professor in the Department of Classics and Religious Studies at the University of Ottawa, Canada. She is also Principal Investigator of the Religion and Diversity Project, an international research team. 
Sonia Sikka is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Ottawa, Canada. Her recent research involves comparative studies of religious identity and secularism in Canada, India, and the United States. Her publications include Living with Religious Diversity (2015) and Multiculturalism and Religious Identity (2014) (both edited with Lori G. Beaman), as well as Herder on Humanity and Cultural Difference (2011).

Table of contents (12 chapters)

Table of contents (12 chapters)
  • Introduction: A Journey to Elsewhere

    Pages 1-8

    Beaman, Lori G. (et al.)

  • Journeys That Go Nowhere: Eurocentric Prejudice and the Refusal to Hear

    Pages 9-17

    Sikka, Sonia

  • Journey Through the Third Space: Performing Aboriginal Identity Through Historic Re-Enactment Sites

    Pages 19-28

    Lee, Pamela

  • Transformative Encounters: Destabilising Human/Animal and Nature/Culture Binaries Through Cross-Cultural Engagement

    Pages 29-36

    Reichert, Alexis

  • Eat, Pray, Love and Tourism Imaginaries

    Pages 37-43

    Badone, Ellen

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Constructions of Self and Other in Yoga, Travel, and Tourism
Book Subtitle
A Journey to Elsewhere
Editors
  • Lori G. Beaman
  • Sonia Sikka
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-32512-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-32512-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-32511-8
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-81304-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 117
Number of Illustrations
1 illustrations in colour
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