Purpose (limit 100 words) Pilgrimage brings humans and other-than-humans together through a dual process ‒ movement across space and the transformation of space through the process of sacralisation. I explore this dual process by outlining the development of qualitative research on contemporary pilgrimage where the dominant, representational approach, which focuses on human agency, has been complemented by a relational perspective where statues, springs and rocks, for example, are seen as possessing their own agency that influences human action. Design/methodology/approach (limit 100 words) I describe the development of qualitative research on contemporary pilgrimage by bringing together both the representational and relational approach and drawing on my own experience of pilgrimage over many years and my reflections on that experience as a trained qualitative researcher. Findings (limit 100 words) I explore the ways in which the dominant representational approach in pilgrimage studies can be complemented by the relational approach by drawing on my experience of pilgrimage in three different contexts Originality/value (limit 100 words) The paper is original by bringing together both the representational and relational perspectives, contextualising them through my experience of different types of pilgrimage and linking pilgrimage to the wider issues of migration, space and agency.
|Journal||Qualitative Market Research: An International Journal|
|Publication status||Accepted/In press - 3 Feb 2023|
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