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By Adrian J. Ivakhiv

Claiming Sacred Ground
Pilgrims and Politics at Glastonbury and Sedona

Adrian J. Ivakhiv

A research of individuals and politics at New Age non secular sites.

In this richly textured account, Adrian Ivakhiv specializes in the actions of pilgrim-migrants to Glastonbury, England and Sedona, Arizona. He discusses their efforts to come across and adventure the spirit or strength of the land and to mark out its value by way of making an investment it with sacred meanings. Their endeavors are provided opposed to a vast canvas of cultural and environmental struggles linked to the incorporation of such geographically marginal areas into an increasing worldwide cultural financial system.

Ivakhiv sees those contested and "heterotopic" landscapes because the nexus of a fancy net of interestes and longings: from millennial anxieties and mawkish re-imaginings of heritage and prehistory; to real-estate energy grabs; contending non secular visions; and the loose play of principles from technology, pseudo-science, and pop culture. Looming over all this can be the nonhuman lifetime of those landscapes, an"otherness" that alternately finds and conceals itself in the back of a pagenant of ideals, pictures, and place-myths.

A major contribution to scholarship on substitute spirituality, sacred area, and the politics of common landscapes, Claiming Sacred flooring will curiosity students and scholars of environmental and cultural reports, and the sociology of spiritual routine and pilgrimage. Non-specialist readers might be prompted by way of the cultural, ecological, and religious dimensions of awesome traditional landscapes.

Adrian Ivakhiv teaches within the school of Environmental reports at York collage in Toronto, and is President of the Environmental reports organization of Canada.

April 2001
384 pages, 24 b&w pictures, 2 figs., nine maps, 6 1/8 x nine 1/4, index, append.
cloth 0-253-33899-9 $37.40 s / £28.50


1 energy and wish in Earth’s
Tangled Web
2 Reimagining Earth
three Orchestrating Sacred Space

II Glastonbury
four degree, Props, and gamers of Avalon
five Many Glastonburys: Place-Myths
and Contested Spaces

6 purple Rocks to actual Estate
7 New Agers, Vortexes, and the
Sacred Landscape

eight Practices of position: Nature and
Heterotopia past the recent Age

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