Personal Knowledge and Beyond: Reshaping the Ethnography of Religion

Personal Knowledge and Beyond: Reshaping the Ethnography of Religion

by Jim Spickard
     
 

Over the last decade the sociology of religion and religious studies have experienced a surge of ethnographic research. Scholars now use ethnography, as anthropologists have long done, as a valued source of knowledge from which they draw their pictures of the religious world. Yet, many researchers of religion have yet to grapple with the issues that are changing… See more details below

Overview

Over the last decade the sociology of religion and religious studies have experienced a surge of ethnographic research. Scholars now use ethnography, as anthropologists have long done, as a valued source of knowledge from which they draw their pictures of the religious world. Yet, many researchers of religion have yet to grapple with the issues that are changing anthropologists' use of the method. Personal Knowledge and Beyond provides an overview of recent debates while also pushing them in new directions. In addition, it offers a critique of some of anthropology's reigning conceptualizations.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814798027
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
02/01/2002
Series:
Critical America Series
Pages:
284
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Whither Ethnography? Transforming the Social-Scientific Study of Religion1
Pt. IBeing an Ethnographer
1Truth, Subjectivity, and Ethnographic Research17
2From the Heart of My Laptop: Personal Passion and Research on Violence against Women27
3Walking between the Worlds: Permeable Boundaries, Ambiguous Identities33
4Dancing on the Fence: Researching Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Christians47
Pt. IIDoing Ethnography
Between the Living and the Dead: Fieldwork, History, and the Interpreter's Position63
6"But Are They Really Christian?" Contesting Knowledge and Identity in and out of the Field75
7Transitional Identities: Self, Other, and the Ethnographic Process88
8Being (in) the Field: Defining Ethnography in Southern California and Central Slovakia100
9Encountering Latina Mobilization: Field Research on the U.S./Mexico Border113
Pt. IIIWriting and Reading Ethnography
10Writing about "the Other," Revisited127
11"There's Power in the Blood": Writing Serpent Handling as Everyday Life134
12Voicing Spiritualities: Anchored Composites as an Approach to Understanding Religious Commitment146
13Against Univocality: Re-reading Ethnographies of Conservative Protestant Women162
14A Conscious Connection to All That Is: The Color Purple as Subversive and Critical Ethnography175
Pt. IVBeyond Personal Knowledge
15New-Old Directions in the Social Scientific Study of Religion: Ethnography, Phenomenology, and the Human Body195
16Greening Ethnography and the Study of Religion212
17As the Other Sees Us: On Reciprocity and Mutual Reflection in the Study of Native American Religions225
18On the Epistemology of Post-Colonial Ethnography237
References253
Contributors275
Index281

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