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ERIC Number: EJ1074792
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Oct
Pages: 32
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0741-0883
Taking up Faith: Ethical Methods for Studying Writing in Religious Contexts
Pavia, Catherine Matthews
Written Communication, v32 n4 p336-367 Oct 2015
Greater attention to methods and methodologies when studying writing in religious contexts is needed to help researchers navigate ethical issues specific to faith communities and religious practices; to improve knowledge regarding the relationships among writing, religion, and faith; and to encourage respect for religious and nonreligious beliefs. To that end, I present findings from a study based on interviews of 14 scholars who have published results from their empirical studies on writing and religion or faith. Specifically, interview data show, first, researchers' religious positionalities acting as terministic screens and promoting identification with participants, and, second, researchers' efforts to fairly represent participants' beliefs and the methods they use to do so. The article also offers a heuristic, based on findings from the interviews, for maintaining a reflective position when conducting research on writing and religious contexts.
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Language: English
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