This paper focuses on the mobility of Scottish Gypsy Travellers as a part of their way of life. It considers both the imaginative and corporeal travel of these people within northeast Scotland. The paper uses Heidegger's conceptual thinking to understand their being on the move. It emphasises the primacy of the process of movement before signification and coding and offers thinking through affectivity, emergence, and potentiality to recognise multiple ways through which travelling people sense place and movement. Through an investigation of the mobile living practices of Scottish Gypsy Travellers and their belonging-together, the paper argues for a relational logic which can attend to the complexity of their involvement with the world.
Bibliographical noteI would like to thank Nigel Thrift and the three anonymous referees for their helpful and insightful comments. The research on which this paper is based was funded by the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland (GG043 RGB2760). I am very grateful to Chris Fynsk, Derek McCormack, Al Gemmell, and Heather Dickey for sharing their thoughts and commenting upon the earlier version of this paper. I would particularly like to thank Ian Russell, Ian Taggart, clerics from the Light and Life Mission, and all of the Scottish Gypsy Travellers who gave their time to work with us and support this research.