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Presences and Absences: Introduction to “Engaging Religious Experience: A Return to Ethnography and Theology”

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Download PDF: Kidd and Spurrier, Presences and Absences Introduction This Practical Matters issue 6 returns to themes that emerged in our Spring 2010 issue, which explored how an interdisciplinary conversation between theologians, anthropologists and scholars of religion contributes to the doing and creating of

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Perspectives on Ecclesiology and Ethnography

Download PDF: Stone, Perspectives on Ecclesiology Edited by Pete Ward Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2012. 262 pages, $50.00 As the first in a projected series on the topic of ecclesiology and ethnography, this inaugural volume, edited by Pete Ward, offers a “proposal”

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Invisible Users: Youth in the Internet Cafés of Urban Ghana

Download PDF: White, Invisible Users By Jenna Burrell Cambridge and London: The MIT Press, 2012. 248 pages. $30.00. Invisible Users: Youth in the Internet Cafés of Urban Ghana is ethnographer Jenna Burrell’s contribution to the Acting with Technology series published by MIT

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Beyond Belief: Ethnography, the Supernatural and Hegemonic Discourse

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Download PDF: Howard, Beyond Belief Abstract Cultural anthropologists often disagree on the ethnographic method that researchers are supposed to employ. Ethnographers are caught between contravening methodologies that either entirely immerse the researcher within the culture being studied, leading to limited objectivity,

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Reflexive Theology: A Preliminary Proposal

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Download PDF: Wigg-Stevenson, Reflexive Theology Abstract The ethnographic theologian’s subject position in relation to the Christian communities she studies is fundamentally different from that of an anthropologist or sociologist in relation to his fields of study. Therefore, social science understandings of

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Her Preaching Body: Embodiment and the Female Preaching Body

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Download PDF: McCullough, Her Preaching Body  Abstract This article reflects upon one ethnographic study of contemporary female preachers and the decisions they made about their bodies. The study itself focused upon the meaning preachers created from their embodied choices and the

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Observing the Church in the World

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Download PDF: Ammermann, Observing the Church When I accepted a new position at Boston University in 2003, I was told that there was a place in the curriculum they would like me to fill. Since I was their new sociologist, they

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Roundtable on “Ethnography as Christian Theology and Ethics”: Beyond “Use” of Social Science in Theology

Download PDF: Scharen and Vigen, Roundtable on Ethnography Conveners: Christian A. Scharen, Luther Seminary and Aana Marie Vigen, Loyola University Chicago Emily Reimer-Barry, University of San Diego, link Mary McClintock Fulkerson, Duke Divinity School, link Ted A. Smith, Candler School of Theology, link Christian

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Writing “the Truth”

Download PDF: Jordan, Writing The Truth * Editors’ Note: This essay is part of the Roundtable on Ethnography and Religion. Robert Orsi makes the proposal—at once extravagant and astute—that all graduate students of religion be required to enter into “a season

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Ethnography of the Hard Edge

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Download PDF: Seeman, Ethnography of the Hard Edge   Editors’ Note: This essay is part of the Roundtable on Ethnography and Religion. Robert Orsi has me thinking about the hard edges of things. What ethnographer has never felt the uncompromising urgency

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