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Personal Knowledge and Beyond Reshaping the Ethnography of Religion

by Meredith B. McGuire

  • ISBN: 9780814798027
  • ISBN10: 0814798020

Personal Knowledge and Beyond Reshaping the Ethnography of Religion

by Meredith B. McGuire

  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: New York Univ Pr
  • Publish date: 02/01/2002
  • ISBN: 9780814798027
  • ISBN10: 0814798020
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Description: The sociology of religion and religious studies have experienced a surge of ethnographic research. Scholars now use ethnography, as anthropologists have long done, as a valued source of knowledge from which they draw their pictures of the religious world.

Yet, many researchers of religion have yet to grapple with the issues that are changing anthropologists' use of the method. Personal Knowledge and Beyond seeks to foster a cross-disciplinary rethinking of ethnography's possibilities and limits for the study of religions. It provides an overview of recent debates while also pushing them in new directions, critiquing some of anthropology's reigning conceptualizations.

The volume brings together many of the best-known ethnographic researchers of religion, including Karen McCarthy Brown, Lynn Davidman, Armin Geertz, and Thomas Tweed. Together, they share substantively from their fieldwork and consider the consequences for the study of religion of rejecting old ethnographic myths, as well as the risks of replacing them with new ones.

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