Ethnography of Religious Instants: Multi-Sited Ethnography and the Idea of “Third Spaces”
AbstractAttempts to understand contemporary religious practice, and its associated communities and identities, must take into consideration the way that these phenomena exist in both virtual and physical spaces, as well as the way that, in some instances, religion bridges or erases this dichotomy. The approach here focuses on those forms of religious practice that do not fit easily into one or the other type of space. Starting with existing discussions of ethnographic methodologies for studying religious practice and the growing literature on how to study “digital religion”, we examine the methodological needs for studying “third spaces”, the hybrid, in-between spaces of religious practice. The model presented here is one of simultaneous and collaborative ethnography that extends shared methods across the virtual and the actual dimensions as the most productive approach to this type of research. Using tailored research methods and techniques within this approach offers the opportunity to consider ways in which behaviors, interactions, and speech acts that happen within this event are continuous or discontinuous with each other. It also offers insight into the dynamics of “shared experience” and how perspectives are or are not shared within these multiple dimensions. View Full-Text
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Murchison, J.M.; Coats, C.D. Ethnography of Religious Instants: Multi-Sited Ethnography and the Idea of “Third Spaces”. Religions 2015, 6, 988-1005.
Murchison JM, Coats CD. Ethnography of Religious Instants: Multi-Sited Ethnography and the Idea of “Third Spaces”. Religions. 2015; 6(3):988-1005.Chicago/Turabian Style
Murchison, Julian M.; Coats, Curtis D. 2015. "Ethnography of Religious Instants: Multi-Sited Ethnography and the Idea of “Third Spaces”." Religions 6, no. 3: 988-1005.