The Faith Lives of Women and Girls: Qualitative Research Perspectives (Explorations in Practical, Pastoral and Empirical Theology)

The Faith Lives of Women and Girls: Qualitative Research Perspectives (Explorations in Practical, Pastoral and Empirical Theology)

By: Revd Dr Anne Phillips (author), Fran Porter (author), Dr. Nicola Slee (author), Dr. Nicola Slee (series_editor), Very Revd Prof. Martyn Percy (series_editor), Revd Jeff Astley (series_editor), Revd Canon Leslie J. Francis (series_editor)Hardback

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Identifying, illuminating and enhancing understanding of key aspects of women and girls' faith lives, The Faith Lives of Women and Girls represents a significant body of original qualitative research from practitioners and researchers across the UK. Contributors include new and upcoming researchers as well as more established feminist practical theologians. Chapters provide perspectives on different ages and stages of faith across the life cycle, from a range of different cultural and religious contexts. Diverse spiritual practices, beliefs and attachments are explored, including a variety of experiences of liminality in women's faith lives. A range of approaches - ethnographic, oral history, action research, interview studies, case studies and documentary analysis - combine to offer a deeper understanding of women's and girls' faith lives. As well as being of interest to researchers, this book presents resources to enhance ministry to and with women and girls in a variety of settings.

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Nicola Slee is a Research Fellow at The Queen's Foundation, Birmingham. Fran Porter is a Freelance researcher, writer and teacher. Anne Phillips is Co-Principal at the Northern Baptist Learning Community, Manchester.


Contents: Introduction, Anne Phillips, Fran Porter and Nicola Slee; Part I Feminist Research Perspectives: Feminist qualitative research as spiritual practice: reflections on the process of doing qualitative research, Nicola Slee; From privacy to prophecy: public and private in researching women's faith and spirituality, Jan Berry. Part II Neglected Ages, Stages and Styles in Women's and Girls' Faith Lives: Understanding the work of women in religion, Abby Day; Feminist faith lives? Exploring perceptions of feminism among two Anglican cohorts, Sarah-Jane Page; Being in communion: patterns of inclusion and exclusion in young lay women's experiences of Eucharist in the Church of England, Kim Wasey; God talk/girl talk: a study of girls' lives and faith in early adolescence, with reflections on those of their biblical fore-sisters, Anne Phillips. Part III Female Faith in Diverse Ecclesial and Geographical Contexts: The 'in-the-middle' God: women, community conflict and power in Northern Ireland, Fran Porter; Fat chicks, blue books and green valleys: identity, women and religion in Wales, Manon Ceridwen James; Searching for sisters: the influence of biblical role models on young women from mainstream and charismatic evangelical traditions, Ruth Perrin; The use of patriarchal language in the Church of God of Prophecy: a case study, Deseta Davis. Part IV Women's Spiritual Practices, Beliefs and Attachments: Broken Silence: researching with women to find a voice, Emma Rothwell; Integrating ritual: an exploration of women's responses to Woman-Cross, Susanna Gunner; Silent gifts: an exploration of relationality in contemporary Christian women's chosen practices of silence, Alison Woolley; Patterns of women's religious attachments, Eun Sim Joung; Boundaries and beyond: weaving women's experiences of spiritual accompaniment, Caroline Kitcatt; Understanding Jesus Christ: women explore liberating and empowering Christologies, Francesca Rhys. Part V Experie

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  • publication date: 14/11/2013
  • ISBN13: 9781409446187
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 278
  • ID: 9781409446187
  • weight: 666
  • ISBN10: 1409446182

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