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Chapter 7: "On the Edge of the Inside": A Contemplative Approach to the Study of Religion


 
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1. Title Title of document Chapter 7: "On the Edge of the Inside": A Contemplative Approach to the Study of Religion - The Insider/Outsider Debate
 
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Lynne Scholefield; St Mary's University;
 
3. Subject Discipline(s) Religious Studies
 
4. Subject Keyword(s) insider/outsider; feminist epistemology; participant observation; Ken Wilber; contemplative consciousness ; religious worldviews
 
5. Subject Subject classification Religious education; religion and culture; applied religious studies; ethnography
 
6. Description Abstract Feminist epistemology encourages us to practise ‘situated knowing’, an inter-subjective approach which, at its best, enables us to begin to know the ‘other’ without collapsing the differences between us. However, fieldwork with religious communities often demonstrates the challenging nature of this approach - religious ‘others’ are often rejected or punished for their ‘otherness or ‘outsideness’. The chapter examines this issue by reflecting upon participant observation undertaken with religious practitioners influenced by the work of Ken Wilber and others, who have sought to teach a contemplative form of higher consciousness which they believe reflects a harmony between the insights of religious worldviews and contemporary scientific research. This approach to contemplative consciousness is then applied to issues of religious conversion, building on the author’s previous work on the ‘fuzzy frontiers’ of religious identity during conversion narratives. In so doing, it is hoped that a model of engagement which values inter-subjective engagement with our chosen communities of study may be advocated - a reflective approach which encourages the researcher to ‘get on the edge of the inside’ of their ‘subjects’ of study.
 
7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
 
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 15-Oct-2019
 
10. Type Status & genre Peer-reviewed Article
 
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12. Format File format PDF
 
13. Identifier Uniform Resource Identifier https://journals.equinoxpub.com/books/article/view/27453
 
14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.27453
 
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; The Insider/Outsider Debate
 
16. Language English=en en
 
18. Coverage Geo-spatial location, chronological period, research sample (gender, age, etc.) world,
contemporary
 
19. Rights Copyright and permissions Copyright 2014 Equinox Publishing Ltd