Soundscapes of pilgrimage: European and American christians in Jerusalem’s old city

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Building on the recent “auditory turn” in ethnomusicology and on recent anthropological approaches to pilgrimage, this article considers how the soundscapes and vocal practices of European and American Christian pilgrims in Jerusalem’s Old City shape the practices and experiences of pilgrimage. Sounds color the ethical comportment of pilgrims; listening, both voluntarily and involuntarily, intervenes in their interactions with others in the pilgrimage environment, provoking a range of public and private responses. Focusing attention on the auditory landscape provides compelling insights into the practices and politics of pilgrimage; in particular, revealing moments of tension as pilgrims seek to realize personal and communal ideals in a crowded, shared space.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEthnomusicology
Subtitle of host publicationA Contemporary Reader, Volume II
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9781315439150
ISBN (Print)9781138217874
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2017

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities


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