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Religion, spirituality and the social sciences : challenging marginalisation

Author: Basia Spalek; Alia Imtoual
Publisher: Bristol : Policy Press, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats

This edited collection brings together an international panel of contributors to explore ways of engaging with issues of 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: 804533045
Description: x, 214 p. ; 25 cm
Contents: Contents: Introduction ~ Basia Spalek and Alia Imtoual; Part one: Secularism and Society: key debates on secularism and society: Political religion: secularity and the study of religion in global civil society ~ J.D'Arcy May; Australia's 'shy' de-secularisation process ~ A. Possamai; Muslims, equality and secularism ~ Tariq Modood; Section 116: the politics of secularism in Australian legal and political discourse ~ H. Randell-Moon; Dreams of the autonomous and reflexive self: the religious significance of contemporary lifestyle media ~ G.Lynch; Part two: Marginalisation of religious and spiritual issues: Studying religion in Sub-Saharan Africa ~ M. Frahm-Arp; Demographic fertility research: a question of disciplinary beliefs and methods ~ L. Newman; Turning the world upside down ~ C.Humphrey; Spirituality and feminism viewed through a global lens ~ U.King; Reading spirituality: transforming knowledge in a new age ~ N.Smiljanic Part three: Reflections on social science research methodologies: Self-assigned religious affiliation: a study among adolescents in England and Wales ~ L. J Francis; Concepts and misconceptions in the scientific study of spirituality ~ M Farias and E Hense; Religion, spirituality and social science: researching Muslims and crime ~ M.Quraishi; Inadvertent offence: when 'a little knowledge is a dangerous thing' ~ M.Gruppetta; Conclusion ~ Basia Spalek and Alia Imtoual.
Responsibility: edited by Basia Spalek and Alia Imtoual.


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