Christopher A. Howard: Mobile Lifeworlds

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In practical bodily encounters with foreign environments This book is uniue in that it draws on a dynamic and innovative set of disciplinary and theoretical perspectives especially phenomenology the mobilities paradigm and philosophical anthropology The volume breaks fresh ground in pilgrimage tourism and travel studies by unfolding the complex relationships between the virtual imaginary and corporeal dynamics of contemporary mobile lifeworld.

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Mobile Lifeworlds illustrates ow the imaginaries and ideals of Western travellers especially those of untouched nature and spiritual enlightenment are consistent with media representations of the Himalayan region romanticism and modernity at large Blending tourism and pilgrimage travel across Nepal Tibet Bhutan and Northern India is often inspired and oriented by a search for authenticity adventure and Otherness Such valued ideals are shown

Owever to be contested by the very forces and configurations that enable global mobilityThe role ubiuitous media and mobile technologies now play in framing travel experiences are explored revealing a situation in which actors are neither Werewolf Gangbang here nor there but increasingly are 'inter placed' across planetary landscapes Beyond institutionalised religious contexts and the visiting of sacred sites the author showsow a secular religiosity manifests.