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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

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

A framework for faith

Lundensian theological methodology in the thought of Ragner Bring


“The Very Act of Cutting”

Ethnomethodology, Interaction and the Emic–Etic Debate

Till Mostowlansky

’s position with regard to these topics. In this respect, I will particularly touch upon the methodological and epistemological dimensions of the emic–etic debate as outlined in the introduction to this issue. To do so, I will first contextualize ethnomethodology. I will then discuss key concepts in

Luther H. Martin

specific aspect of Roman religiosity during the imperial period, namely the Hellenistic mystery cults, and they provide, thereby, a fascinating instance for the overall study of the religions of Western antiquity. They also suggest a paradigm for historiographical and comparative methodology in the study

Jason C. Bivins

(denominational history or colonialist anthropology perhaps), after which fresh methodologies open new pathways. Since the 1960s, Religious Studies has followed other humanities disciplines in looking to new places, periods, and themes, to bodies, senses, powers, and rites. Scholars celebrate these foci by

Jason Blum

Religion, Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY 14850, USA Abstract Given the close relationship between pragmatism and naturalism, incorporation of the former into religious studies methodology might seem to privilege the latter. I question this intuition by examining dimensions of pragmatism

A Matter of Perspective?

Disentangling the Emic–Etic Debate in the Scientific Study of Religion\s

Till Mostowlansky and Andrea Rota

will then provide a historical overview of the debate and suggest an iterative model that we believe facilitates understanding of both the debate and its history. Finally, we attempt to distinguish between the debate’s three major analytical dimensions—existential–political, methodological, and

Bosco B. Bae

belief? And how do we study it? For Needham, the epistemological issue dictates the methodology and yet the methodological difficulties circumscribe and constrict the operative and stipulative parameters for the epistemology; the former dictates the latter but the latter inhibits the former. This mutual

When Acceptance Reflects Disrespect

The Methodological Contradictions of Accepting Participant Statements

Steven Ramey

. While most researchers today recognize the agency of those whom they study, methodological positions that accept the statements of research subjects on their own terms, thus disallowing critical analysis, undermine that recognition. Ironically, such methodological positions, which reflect an attempt to