Methods for the Study of Religious Change - From Religious Studies to Worldview Studies - André Droogers

Methods for the Study of Religious Change - From Religious Studies to Worldview Studies - André Droogers

Chapter 7 Fieldwork on Language: Artists Express their Worldviews

Methods for the Study of Religious Change - From Religious Studies to Worldview Studies - André Droogers

Rhea Hummel [+-]
Department of Arts, Culture and Media (Faculty of Arts) of Groningen University
Rhea Hummel is Assistant Professor at the Department of Arts, Culture and Media (Faculty of Arts) of Groningen University. She studied Dutch Language and Literature, and Literary Studies. In 2011 her PhD thesis on the way contemporary Dutch visual artists and writers express their world views was published. Her research interests include life writing, artists, art, and world view.

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In Chapter 7 on spiritual language the central methodological question is: how to study forms of secular and spiritual worldview-making? In this chapter the worldview-making of a few dozen Dutch artists is the central issue. The researcher demonstrates in this chapter that a (playful) combination of ethnography and literary analysis of the language in life narratives of the research “objects” can be a fruitful methodology for arriving at two remarkable observations: first that many de-churched artists are searching for worldviews which apparently replace traditional religious worldviews; second that the seemingly unique and singular life stories of the artists can be modelled in “only” five patterns of worldview-making.

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Hummel, Rhea . Chapter 7 Fieldwork on Language: Artists Express their Worldviews. Methods for the Study of Religious Change - From Religious Studies to Worldview Studies. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 112-126 Jan 2014. ISBN 9781781790434. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=24442. Date accessed: 26 Sep 2021 doi: 10.1558/equinox.24442. Jan 2014

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