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Minding Methodology

Theology-Missiology and Migration Studies

Dorottya Nagy

supervisor at the University of South Africa and is actively involved in the work of the Central and Eastern European Association for Mission Studies. Introduction Minding methodology within academic research calls attention to tensions in understanding the role and the place of academic research done

Mark Q. Gardiner

. Second, Davidson’s is described as a “Wittgensteinian-inspired version of pragmatism” (preface); it is from that pragmatism that the question of what it is that believers believe is theoretically and methodologically inseparable from consideration of how they behave and vice versa. As we have seen

Max Bader and Hans Schmeets

Election observation by OSCE/ODIHR has come under increased scrutiny in recent years. 1 While the methodology of OSCE/ODIHR election observation is perhaps the most elaborate among organizations that are active in election observation, it has essentially remained unchanged since the late 1990s

Edited by Phillipp Mayring, Günter L. Huber, Leo Gürtler and Mechthild Kiegelmann

Mixed Methodology is a new star in the social science sky. More and more researchers are discontent with mono-method concepts for their research projects. They are trying new ways in combining or integrating different methods and methodological approaches. There are two debates in this field: the qualitative * quantitative controversy and the one-method * multi-method discourse. This book discusses those controversies and tries to give some reasons and examples for overcoming mono-method research in psychology. We think the discussion of methodological topics should not be divided from specific research projects. Only in the context of a concrete research question it makes sense to consider adequate research methods. So the volume presents examples of mixed methodologies from different fields in psychology and education, from psychiatry to organisational psychology, from learning studies to media analysis. The studies are grouped into four sections: combining qualitative methods, combining qualitative and quantitative methods, access to individual experience by mixed methods and deeper understanding of findings by mixing methods The book is adressed to all students, researchers and methodological interested people in social sciences and especially in psychology.

Kinga Sekerdej and Agnieszka Pasieka

methodological assumptions, to use Pierre Bourdieu’s expression, naturalize or eternalize the arbitrary ( 2001 : 2). Hence, it was natural to be Catholic in general, not only to our informants from the field. This also seems to be the normative stance, implicitly present in the scholarly work on religion in


Edited by Jason N. Blum

The traditions and institutions that we call religions abound with references to the supernatural: ancestral spirits, karma, the afterlife, miracles, revelation, deities, etc. How are students of religion to approach the behaviors, doctrines, and beliefs that refer to such phenomena, which by their very nature are supposed to defy the methods of empirical research and the theories of historical scholarship? That is the question of methodological naturalism. The Question of Methodological Naturalism offers ten thoughtful engagements with that perennial question for the academic study of religion. Contributors include established senior scholars and newer voices propounding a range of perspectives, resulting in both surprising points of convergence and irreconcilable differences in how our shared discipline should be conceptualized and practiced.

Friedrich Schweitzer

implications of viewing religion within non-religious interpretive frameworks? What methodological problems do we have to face concerning religion in childhood and adolescence? What interdisciplinary challenges can be identified in this context? Beyond these questions one could also wonder about possibilities


Relebohile Moletsane, Ann Smith and Linda Chisholm

Methodologies for Mapping a Southern African Girlhood in the Age of Aids is located within the new and broader area of Girlhood Studies. Girls have long been considered a rich feminist memory-site for examining the genesis of women’s sense of self in the developed world. To date, however, only a few scholars have focused on Southern African girlhoods. Even fewer focus on methodologies for researching girlhood. This is despite the particular vulnerability of girls to gender-based violence and HIV and Aids, and the relative complexity of doing research with girls in diverse cultural contexts in this region. Thus, the book aims to take this agenda forward and to investigate a range of participatory methodological and theoretical approaches that can be adapted to study girls and girlhood in Southern Africa. These methodologies, which look at research with girls, about girls and for girls, include policy research, writing, fictional practice, and visual arts-based methods, to be used as analytical tools that should, can, and have been used to examine the lives of girls, particularly in the age of HIV and Aids in Southern Africa.

Sophie Gilliat-Ray

means by which research can be conducted. If we are to understand the ways in which religion is accommodated (or not) in prisons or hospitals across different European societies, this will necessarily require the development of methodological proficiency and the cultivation of skilled researchers who

Khaled Abou El Fadl’s Methodology of Reform

Law, Tradition, and Resisting the State

Angus M. Slater

the reformist movement. The present article examines the work of one reformist thinker, Khaled Abou El Fadl, and argues that when engaging with the classical tradition of the law, his methodology offers resources for a theory of the placement of the individual relative to the state and of their