Jenny Blain, Douglas Ezzy, Graham Harvey
Rowman Altamira, 2004 - Religion - 273 pages
Should researchers of spirituality and religion be distantly "objective," or engaged and active participants? The traditional paradigm of 'methodological agnosticism' is increasingly challenged as researchers emphasize the benefits of direct participation for understanding beliefs and practices. Should academic researchers "go native," participating as "insiders" in engagements with the "supernatural," experiencing altered states of of consciousness? How do academics negotiate the fluid boundaries between worlds and meanings which may change their own beliefs? Should their own experiences be part of academic reports? Researching Paganisms presents reflective and engaging accounts of issues in the academic study of religion confronted by anthropologists, psychologists, sociologists, historians and religious studies scholars--as researchers and as humans--as they study contemporary Pagan religions. The insights that contributors gain, with resultant changes to their own lives, will fascinate not only other scholars of Pagan religions, but scholars of any religion and indeed anyone who grapples with issues of reflexive research.
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PERFORMANCE AND REFLEXIVITY
BARDISMANDTHE PERFORMANCE OF PAGANISM IMPLICATIONS FOR THE PERFORMANCE OF RESEARCH
METHODS OF COMPASSION OR PRETENSION? THE CHALLENGES OF CONDUCTING FIELDWORK IN MODERN MAGICAL COMMUNIT...
THE DEOSIL DANCE
CHALLENGING OBJECTIVITY THEORIZING SUBJECTIVITY
PSYCHOLOGY OF RELIGION AND THE STUDY OF PAGANISM
DRUGS BOOKS AND WITCHES
ATTHEWATERS EDGE AN ECOLOGICALLY INSPIRED METHODOLOGY
THEALOGIES IN PROCESS RESEARCHING AND THEORIZING SPIRITUALITIES SUBJECTIVITIES AND GODDESSTALK
LIVING WITH WITCHCRAFT
RELOCATING THE RESEARCHER
BETWEEN THE WORLDS AUTOARCHAEOLOGY AND NEOSHAMANS
TRACING THE INAUTHENTIC SEERESS FROM SEIDMAGICTO STONE CIRCLES
PAGAN STUDIES OR THE STUDY OF PAGANISMS? A CASE STUDY IN THE STUDY OF RELIGIONS
GLEANINGS FROM THE FIELD LEFTOVER TALES OF GRIEF AND DESIRE
RELIGIOUS ETHNOGRAPHY PRACTICING THE WITCHS CRAFT
EMBODYING RELATIONSHIPS COMMUNITY AND HISTORY
ABOUT THE CONTRIBUTORS
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