Although tourism is considered leisure, tours can serve other means for the tour-participant. Tours can prompt memories of the past, and offer a framework for understanding our pasts. This essay uses touring as a metaphor and a mechanism of exploring our pasts to better understand our presence/present. Through autoethnographic methods, this essay examines tourism as ritual and explores rituals as a resource for making sense of painful pasts. Painful memories can pervade individuals’ minds, altering their perspective and understanding of events, interactions, and relationships. This essay demonstrates how tourism can help people overcoming the memories of sexual assault to find healing.
Touring Religion, Touring Ritual: An Autoethnographic Search
Jennifer L. Erdely is Associate Professor in the Department of Languages and Communication at Prairie View A&M University. The author wants to express her appreciation for Deborah Cunningham Breede, Amber L. Johnson, Danielle Dick McGeough, and the anonymous reviewers for their insightful and helpful feedback. The author thanks Stacy Holman Jones and Sohinee Roy for their thoughtful and considerate comments. Portions of this paper were presented at the 2012 National Communication Association annual convention. Correspondence to: Jennifer Erdely, Department of Languages and Communication, Prairie View A&M University, PO BOX 519, MS 2220, Prairie View, TX 77446, USA. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Jennifer L. Erdely; Touring Religion, Touring Ritual: An Autoethnographic Search. Departures in Critical Qualitative Research 1 March 2018; 7 (1): 32–52. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/dcqr.2018.7.1.32
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