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Researching Paganisms

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ISBN 10: 0759105235 / ISBN 13: 9780759105232
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Paperback. 256 pages. Dimensions: 8.9in. x 5.8in. x 0.7in.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 scholarsas researchers and as humansas 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. This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Bookseller Inventory # 9780759105232

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Title: Researching Paganisms

Publisher: Altamira Press

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:New

Book Type: Paperback

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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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Jenny Blain is Senior Lecturer, School of Social Science and Law, Sheffield Hallam University, UK. Douglas Ezzy is Senior Lecturer, Sociology, University of Tasmania, Australia. Graham Harvey is Lecturer in Religious Studies, Open University, UK.

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