This is the first comprehensive survey in English of research methods in the field of religious studies. It is designed to enable non-specialists and students at upper undergraduate and graduate levels to understand the variety of research methods used in the field. The aim is to create awareness of the relevant methods currently available and to stimulate an active interest in exploring unfamiliar methods, encouraging their use in research and enabling students and scholars to evaluate academic work with reference to methodological issues. A distinguished team of contributors cover a broad spectrum of topics, from research ethics, hermeneutics and interviewing, to Internet research and video-analysis. Each chapter covers practical issues and challenges, the theoretical basis of the respective method, and the way it has been used in religious studies, illustrated by case studies.If we take as an example a community that I have studied, Seventhaday Adventism, there are worship services, Bible study groups, youth meetings, religion lessons in Seventhaday Adventist schools, family worship, ... e.g. prayer in different Christian settings (Capps and Ochs 2002), Seventhaday Adventist Bible study (Lehtinen 2005, 2009a, 2009b, ... the following I will concentrate on two aspects of this task: initiating contact and category work in the beginning ofthe conversation.
|Title||:||The Routledge Handbook of Research Methods in the Study of Religion|
|Author||:||Michael Stausberg, Steven Engler|
|Publisher||:||Routledge - 2013-06-17|