Ellen Badone, McMaster University

Professor Religious Studies Hamilton, Ontario badone@mcmaster.ca Office: (905) 525-9140 ext. 23395

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Western Europe is my primary geographical area of research. My initial fieldwork, in 1983-84, in Brittany, France, dealt with the social and cultural context of death. In particular, I focused on changes in Breton responses to death which have accompanied social change in this region since 1945...

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Bio/Research

Western Europe is my primary geographical area of research. My initial fieldwork, in 1983-84, in Brittany, France, dealt with the social and cultural context of death. In particular, I focused on changes in Breton responses to death which have accompanied social change in this region since 1945. My research on death led to an interest in gerontology and medical anthropology and I have worked on the relationships between alternative healing and the biomedical system in Brittany. In addition, I have edited a volume of papers on the tensions between Catholic orthodoxy and popular definitions of religion in Europe. My current research concerns the anthropology of pilgrimage, and the relationships between pilgrimage and tourism. I have researched pilgrimage at a Marian apparition shrine in Brittany and at Les Saintes Maries de la Mer in southern France, a shrine which is particularly important for Roma pilgrims. From 2005-07, I was president of the Society for the Anthropology of Religion, a sub-section of the American Anthropological Association.



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