Three participatory geographers: reflections on positionality and working with participants in researching religions, spiritualities, and faith

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dc.contributor.author Denning, Stephanie
dc.contributor.author Scriven, Richard
dc.contributor.author Slatter, Ruth
dc.date.accessioned 2020-10-19T11:46:27Z
dc.date.available 2020-10-19T11:46:27Z
dc.date.issued 2020-09-03
dc.identifier.citation Denning, S., Scriven, R. and Slatter, R. (2020) 'Three participatory geographers: reflections on positionality and working with participants in researching religions, spiritualities, and faith', Social & Cultural Geography, (19 pp). doi: 10.1080/14649365.2020.1815826 en
dc.identifier.startpage 1 en
dc.identifier.endpage 19 en
dc.identifier.issn 1464-9365
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/10664
dc.identifier.doi 10.1080/14649365.2020.1815826 en
dc.description.abstract This paper advances the geographies of religion, spirituality and faith’s limited attention to positionality by discussing the critical issues raised when using participatory approaches. Reflecting on three cases of participatory research, we foreground the dynamics of being a researcher with faith when working with participants from faith communities. Advocating participatory approaches as valuable methodologies that should be used more extensively to explore beliefs, faith practices, and social justice, we argue that greater attention needs to be given to the positionality of researchers undertaking this sort of research. Our cases raise three themes for discussion. First, the variety of ways in which faith positionalities influence how research is developed, conducted and concluded. Second, the intersections between our faith and other positionalities and how they shape our roles and relationships with research participants. Third, the fluid and multifaceted nature of faith positionalities and how they are changed, emphasized, and softened through the dynamics and entanglements of fieldwork. In doing so, we reflect on the complexities of being a researcher with faith, argue that faith positionality is a helpful dimension of their research rather than a limitation, and that all cultural, social and historical geographical researchers should reflect on their faith positionality. en
dc.description.sponsorship Economic and Social Research Council (award number GEOG.SC3315); University College London (UCL’s Train and Engage Fund) en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Taylor and Francis en
dc.relation.uri https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14649365.2020.1815826
dc.rights © 2020 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Social & Cultural Geography on 03 Sep 2020, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/14649365.2020.1815826 en
dc.subject Faith en
dc.subject Geographies of religion en
dc.subject Participatory geographies en
dc.subject Positionality en
dc.subject Researchers with faith en
dc.subject Spirituality en
dc.title Three participatory geographers: reflections on positionality and working with participants in researching religions, spiritualities, and faith en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Richard Scriven, Geography, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. +353-21-490-3000 en
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dc.check.date 2021-09-03
dc.date.updated 2020-10-19T11:32:05Z
dc.description.version Accepted Version en
dc.internal.rssid 536173258
dc.contributor.funder Economic and Social Research Council en
dc.contributor.funder Irish Research Council en
dc.contributor.funder Wolfson Foundation en
dc.contributor.funder University College London en
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.journaltitle Social and Cultural Geography en
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