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Sandra L. Barnes, Lauren Brinkley-Rubinstein, Bernadette Doykos, Nina C. Martin, and Alison McGuire

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780823268795

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823268795.001.0001

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Creating a Mosaic of Religious Values and Narratives

Creating a Mosaic of Religious Values and Narratives

Participant-Researcher Roles of an Interfaith Research Group Seeking to Understand Interfaith Organizations

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(p.191) 8 Creating a Mosaic of Religious Values and Narratives
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Hasina Mohyuddin

Mark Mccormack

Paul R. Dokecki

Linda Isaacs

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823268795.003.0009

In this chapter, we present a methodological framework for scholar-activists who are interested in researching phenomena in which they are active participants as well. Using the example of an interfaith research team studying the impact of interfaith efforts, we consider what insights can be gained from researchers becoming participants in the research process. The members of the interfaith research team study the effect interfaith organizations have on individual, organizational, and community level outcomes. At the same time, research team members are committed as individuals to promoting social justice and understanding others of different faiths. By studying their own interfaith efforts, the research team is able to find deeper understanding of both the interfaith process and their own subjectivities as researchers.

Keywords:   insider/outsider, interfaith, participatory research, reflexivity, research methodology

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