Contemporary pilgrimage in Ireland: a cultural geographic perspective

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dc.contributor.advisor Crowley, John en
dc.contributor.advisor O'Connor, Ray en
dc.contributor.author Scriven, Richard
dc.date.accessioned 2015-11-23T10:00:00Z
dc.date.issued 2015
dc.date.submitted 2015
dc.identifier.citation Scriven, R. 2015. Contemporary pilgrimage in Ireland: a cultural geographic perspective. PhD Thesis, University College Cork. en
dc.identifier.endpage 321
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/2083
dc.description.abstract Using the lenses of contemporary cultural geography, this research develops an understanding of pilgrimage as a relational and reciprocal process that co-produces self and world. Drawing on the phenomenology of Merleau-Ponty, I argue that through the performances and experiences of contemporary pilgrimage in Ireland, participants and locations emerge as pilgrims and pilgrimage places. This approach unites different strands of cultural geography, including the mobilities field, more-than representational concerns, discussions of embodiment and practice, emotional and affective geographies, and religious and spiritual geographies. I explore how pilgrimage is an active process in which self and world, belief and practice, and the numinous and material entwine and merge. An autoethnographic methodology is enacted as an embodied, intersubjective, and reflexive research approach that incorporates the motivations, experiences, and beliefs of research participants, alongside my own descriptions and reflections. The methodology is focused on encountering and documenting pilgrimage practices as they occur in place and relating these embodied spatial practices to the accounts of pilgrims. The insights generated by engagements with research participants and through my own pilgrimages, offer new appreciations of the enduring appeal of pilgrimage in Ireland as a religious-spiritual and cultural activity that allows people to express personal intentions, to develop their faith, and to seek numinous encounters. Through the pilgrimages at Lough Derg, Croagh Patrick, and three holy wells, I produce a layered account of the empirical circumstances of the practices. The presentation of these places and events is enhanced by the use of evocative images and audiovisual recordings. By centring my study on the practices and experiences of different pilgrimages in present-day Ireland, and critically deploying strands of cultural geography and pilgrimage studies, this research produces new qualitative understandings of pilgrimage and contributes to discussions concerned with the relationships between self and world. en
dc.description.sponsorship Irish Research Council (GOIPG/2013/526); Geographical Society of Ireland (Postgraduate Fieldwork/Travel Award 2013); Geography, University College Cork (Departmental Studentship) en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher University College Cork en
dc.rights © 2015, Richard Scriven. en
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/ en
dc.subject Geography en
dc.subject Cultural Geography en
dc.subject Pilgrimage en
dc.subject Phenomenology en
dc.subject Ireland en
dc.title Contemporary pilgrimage in Ireland: a cultural geographic perspective en
dc.type Doctoral thesis en
dc.type.qualificationlevel Doctoral en
dc.type.qualificationname PhD (Arts) en
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dc.check.info Indefinite en
dc.check.date 10000-01-01
dc.description.version Accepted Version
dc.contributor.funder Irish Research Council en
dc.contributor.funder Geographical Society of Ireland en
dc.contributor.funder Geography, College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences, University College Cork en
dc.description.status Not peer reviewed en
dc.internal.school Geography en
dc.check.reason This thesis is due for publication or the author is actively seeking to publish this material en
dc.check.opt-out Not applicable en
dc.thesis.opt-out false
dc.check.entireThesis Entire Thesis Restricted
dc.check.embargoformat E-thesis on CORA only en
ucc.workflow.supervisor john.crowley@ucc.ie
dc.internal.conferring Summer Conferring 2015


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