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Waking Up While Black: How A Jamaican Border-Dwelling Bredda Makes Meaning of His Camino De Santiago Pilgrimage
by Saunders, Pete, Ph.D., Fielding Graduate University, 2018, 246; 10751604
Abstract (Summary)

In 2016, over 277,000 pilgrims walked the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage. Of that number, 53,704 walked the Camino in August of that year. Very few of those pilgrims – 400 – came from Caribbean countries. Two of them were from Jamaica. I was one of them. This first-person Gadamerian hermeneutic phenomenological study interprets a Jamaican man’s meaning-making before, during, and after walking the Camino pilgrimage. In the study, I explored meaning-making through a constructive-developmental lens. I explained how I made meaning, as a border-dweller, or as someone who lives in-between worlds and in the borderlands. I described and interpreted my spiritual-awakening experiences and transition. I conducted this study, partly, to add the voice of an Afro-Caribbean person to the bodies of literature on development of meaning-making and spiritual-awakening experiences. Data for the study consisted of journal entries, blog posts, and photographs that I wrote, published, and took before, during, and after my Camino pilgrimage. The results from the study revealed what I made meaning of, the meanings I made, and how I expressed those meanings. Findings from the study – Camino as metaphor, Being In-Limbo-land, Self in transition, and Trans-Afro spiritualization – could help Afro-Caribbean people validate their spiritual experiences. They could also inform professionals, such as educators, leaders, and developmental coaches, and parents about efficacious ways of supporting and serving Afro-Caribbean people.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Gallegos, Placida V.
Commitee: Douglas, Ty-Ron, Morris, Jo Ann, Scanlon-Greene, Mark, Schapiro, Steven
School: Fielding Graduate University
Department: The School of Human and Organization Development
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-B 79/08(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Caribbean Studies, Developmental psychology, Spirituality
Keywords: Camino de Santiago pilgrimage, Constructive-developmental theory, In-betweenness, Jamaican, Self-realization, Spiritual-awakening experiences
Publication Number: 10751604
ISBN: 978-0-355-80376-1
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