The Study of Children in Religions: A Methods Handbook

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Susan B. Ridgely
NYU Press, 2011 - Religion - 326 pages
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Research in religious studies has traditionally focused on adult subjects since working with children presents significantly more challenges to the researcher, such as getting the research protocol passed by the Internal Review Board, obtaining permission from parents and schools, and figuring out how to make sense of young worldviews. The Study of Children in Religions provides scholars with a comprehensive source to assist them in addressing many of the issues that often stop researchers from pursuing projects involving children. This handbook offers a broad range of methodological and conceptual models for scholars interested in conducting work with children. It not only illuminates some of the legal and ethical issues involved in working with youth and provides guidance in getting IRB approval, but also presents specific case studies from scholars who have engaged in child-centred research and here offer the fruits of their experience.Cases include those that use interviews and drawings to work with children in contemporary settings, as well as more historically focused endeavours to use material cultureosuch as Sunday school projects or religious board gamesoto study children's religious lives in past eras. The Study of Children in Religions offers concrete help to those who wish to conduct research on children and religion but are unsure of how to get started or how to frame their research. Contributors: Priscilla Alderson, Sally Anderson, Jennifer Beste, Chris Boyatzis, Ann Braude, Pia Christensen, Cindy Dell Clark, Amy Holmes-Tagchungdarpa, Moira Hinderer, Zohreh Kermani, Ruqayya Khan, Phillipa Koch, Kristy Nabhan-Warren, Rebecca Sachs Norris, Sarah Pike, Susan B. Ridgely, E. Burke Rochford, Jr., and Diane Wolf Susan B. Ridgely is Assistant Professor at University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh and the author of When I Was a Child: Children's Interpretations of First Communion.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
I A CHILDIST APPROACH TO THEORY AND HISTORY
17
II USING ETHNOGRAPHY TO TALK WITH CONTEMPORARY CHILDREN
65
III STUDYING CHILDREN IN SCHOOLS
137
SOURCES AND METHODS FOR ACCESSING CHILDRENS VOICES FROM THE PAST AND TODAY
187
Bibliography
285
About the Contributors
301
Index
305
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