The Routledge Handbook of Research Methods in the Study of Religion (Routledge Handbooks)
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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.
which scholars of religion often work with texts. The analysis is of full and complete texts or collections of texts (e.g. complete interview transcripts) and it proceeds with a closer relation between method and theory than is often the case. That is, a typology of features of discourse—e.g. those discussed in the previous sections—emerges from theoretical concerns and is used as a schema to analyze all portions of the chosen text(s). This differs from a less formal search for portions of text
Contemporary experimental research standards require that the hypothesis being tested is falsifiable. That is, there must be some way in which to demonstrate that a hypothesis is false. As Batson argues: Literature, art, history, etc., also provide perspectives or explanations—implicit theories. But for the scientist, to have a persuasive theory is only the beginning. The theory may be wrong. The scientist immediately tries to construct a situation in which the theory can show its own falseness.
containing some 70 important essays from the social sciences. Yengoyan, A.A. (ed.), 2006, Modes of Comparison: theory & practice. University of Michigan Press, Ann Arbor. Some 17 essays by scholars from a range of disciplines (anthropologists, historians, etc.). Key concepts Category: A fundamental and distinct conception that groups together several concepts and serves to identify a class, group, list or set of phenomena. Classification: Systematic assignment of beings (objects, animals,
institutions to confirm that this type of minimal-risk research is exempt. In some institutions the minimal risk status of projects means that the review process will be handled through a departmental review committee, a process that can often be completed within two-to-three weeks. Alternatively, studies examining religious attitudes or spiritual practices of youth or indigenous peoples typically require more scrutiny. Because both demographic groups have been identified as vulnerable or
communication studies, psychology and education, originally it is rooted in sociology. It was originated by the sociologist Harvey Sacks in the 1960s. He was, most of all, influenced by the ethnomethodological sociology of Harold Garfi nkel (1967; see Heritage 1984). There is not space here for a thorough description of ethnomethodology (henceforth EM). I will, however, introduce some aspects of EM that are particularly important for CA. EM can be described as the procedural study of ordinary