1st Edition

Approaching Pilgrimage Methodological Issues Involved in Researching Routes, Sites, and Practices

Edited By Mario Katić, John Eade Copyright 2024
    208 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This volume seeks to explore pilgrimage studies as a distinctive sub-field of research, and to define its key methodological approaches and problems. Pilgrimage studies has long been influenced by such academic disciplines as anthropology and this volume considers the new insights that pilgrimage studies can offer to these disciplinary fields. Bringing together experienced pioneers and a younger generation of pilgrimage scholars, the chapters address the directions contemporary pilgrimage research is taking and how it is developing into the future. Covering topics like digital pilgrimage, multi-site pilgrimages, and long-term ethnography, with examples from Europe, the Middle East, and Japan, this is an important resource for all researchers engaging with pilgrimage.

    1 Approaching Pilgrimage: Introduction

    Mario Katić and John Eade

    Part I Time and Pilgrimage

    2 The Method of Participant Observation, Communication and Changing Pilgrimage Practices 

    John Eade

    3 Twists, Turns and Changing directions:  reflections on long-term studies on a Japanese pilgrimage path 

    Ian Reader

    Part II Positionality and Experiencing Pilgrimage

    4 Displacing religion in Greek Cypriot Pilgrimages to the Turkish-occupied Monastery of Apostolos Andreas in Cyprus

    Evgenia Mesaritou

    5 Walking the Sutra: A Semiotic Theory of Pilgrimage

    Tatsuma Padoan

    Part III Multi-Site and Multi-Role Ethnography and Pilgrimage

    6 Researching the Baptism Sites along the Jordan River – A Multi-sited Ethnography of Adjacent Places

    Lior Chen

    7 Multi-sited and multi-role research of Bosnian Croat pilgrimages

    Mario Katić

    Part IV Methodological Techniques and Tactics

    8 Epistemological and ethical challenges of gathering and interpreting personal prayers from the archives

    Mirela Hrovatin

    9 The Visual Anthropology of Pilgrimages: Exploring the Making of Films and Photographs

    Manoël Pénicaud

    10 The Ethnography of Hasidic Pilgrimage in the Digital Age

    Gabi Abramac

    11 Studying Mecca elsewhere. Exploring the meanings of the hajj for Muslims in Morocco and the Netherlands

    Kholoud Al-Ajarma and Marjo Buitelaar

    12 Concluding Thoughts

    Simon Coleman


    Mario Katić is Associate Professor at the Department of Ethnology and Anthropology at the University of Zadar.

    John Eade is Professor of Anthropology and Sociology at the University of Roehampton and Visiting Professor at Toronto University.