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„DU WEISST, WAS ICH MEINE!“ ZUR KONSTRUKTION SOZIALER SICHERHEIT IM ANLIEGENBUCH
“YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN!” CONSTRUCTING SOCIAL SECURITY BY WRITING IN PILGRIM-BOOKS

Author(s): Gabriele PONISCH
Subject(s): Philosophy of Religion, Theory of Communication, Theory of Literature, Sociology of Religion
Published by: Akadémiai Kiadó
Keywords: pilgrimage; pilgrimage book; compensation; rituals; communication;

Summary/Abstract: The article deals with various therapeutic aspects of writing down one’s requests and problems in a so called pilgrim book. With help of text passages people’s strategies and different scopes are illustrated. Simple formulas e.g. established within the religious context can help to bridge speechlessness and silence, the falling back on traditionally proven forms and behaviors may create a certain feeling of security. Certain tendencies of “using” religion become apparent: religion has to place categories at people’s disposal to compensate experiences of contingency connected with pressing problems, personal crises and social border experiences. The “benefits” of the religious system are in demand above all in the case of individual crises, where the social mechanisms of contingency absorption do not work any more or do not work enough. The article focuses also on the specific communication with God, Jesus or Mary: as they “know” what people mean, there is no risk to be misunderstood. The pilgrim book figures as mirror of longings, deficits, doubts and fantasies in recent societies.

  • Issue Year: 47/2002
  • Issue No: 3-4
  • Page Range: 277-287
  • Page Count: 11
  • Language: German