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Religion, spirituality, and the social sciences : challenging marginalisation

Author: Basia Spalek; Alia Imtoual
Publisher: Bristol, UK : Policy Press, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This edited collection addresses important theoretical and methodological issues to explore ways of engaging with religion and spirituality when carrying out social science research.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Basia Spalek; Alia Imtoual
ISBN: 9781847420411 1847420419
OCLC Number: 183266695
Description: x, 214 ; 25 cm
Contents: pt. I. Key debates on secularism and society. Political religion : secularity and the study of religion in global civil society / John D'Arcy May ; Australia's "shy" de-secularisation process / Adam Possamai ; Muslims, equality and secularism / Tariq Modood ; Section 116 : the politics of secularism in Australian legal and political discourse / Holly Randell-Moon ; Dreams of the autonomous and reflexive self : the religious significance of contemporary lifestyle media / Gordon Lynch --
pt. II. Marginalisation of religious and spiritual issues. Studying religion in Sub-Saharan Africa / Maria Frahm-Arp ; Demographic fertility research : a question of disciplinary beliefs and methods / Lareen Newman ; Turning the world upside down / Caroline Humphrey ; Spirituality and gender viewed through a global lens / Ursula King ; Reading spiritually : transforming knowledge in a new age / Natassja Smiljanic --
pt. III. Reflections on social science research methodologies. Self-assigned religious affiliation : a study among adolescents in England and Wales / Leslie J. Francis ; Concepts and misconceptions in the scientific study of spirituality / Miguel Farias, Elisabeth Hense ; Religion, spirituality and social science : researching Muslims and crime / Muzammil Quiaishi ; Inadvertent offence : when "a little knowledge is a dangerous thing" / Maree Gruppetta.
Responsibility: edited by Basia Spalek and Alia Imtoual.

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