Le pèlerinage des émigrés. Itinéraires de dévotion et missions catholiques italiennes dans la France du Sud-Ouest

Abstract : The case of the Italian immigration in France allows to consider the question of religious attitudes and their long-lasting influence concerning an immigrant population's destiny. Besides the well-known and widespread catholic practices, the most interesting is to pinpoint the different changes caused by the migration itself. The analyse focuses on collective pilgrimages, considering the example of the populations stemmed from the Italian migratory wave settled in the Midi's countryside (region of Toulouse) from the 1920s onwards. Organised under the aegis of the Italian catholic Missions, those rituals represented practices of great moment in foreign country. That concerned, during the interwar period, the various "emigrants' pilgrimages" (and so-called) to local shrines, as well as the great Marian celebrations of the 1950-1960s, when tours were organised in France for the Virgins of Loretta and Fatima. The precise description of those ceremonies underlines the multiple dimensions at stake: renewal of ties for the migrant community, moment that people shared each other, celebration "in the Italian way" tinged with nostalgia, but also, on the contrary, affirmation of visibility in the settlement society itself, advent of new worship itineraries which contribute to create symbolic roots and appear finally as potential factors of integration.
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Laure Teulières. Le pèlerinage des émigrés. Itinéraires de dévotion et missions catholiques italiennes dans la France du Sud-Ouest. Le Mouvement social, Les Editions de l'Atelier/Editions ouvrières, 2004, pp.53-70. ⟨hal-00954336⟩

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