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Researching Filmgoers’ Experiences

Jonathan Brant

in Paul Tillich and the Possibility of Revelation through Film

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199639342
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191738098 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199639342.003.0005

Series: Oxford Theological Monographs

Researching Filmgoers’ Experiences

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In this chapter the key decisions that underlie the empirical research project are discussed. The chapter begins with a survey of the historical development of research into the relationship that exists between film and viewer / audience. In light of this survey, a qualitative research approach is chosen and then introduced. A discussion of methodology addresses the relationship between the two components of the thesis: the theoretical account and the empirical research). For this project the theoretical, theological account is to be prioritised but should not be privileged. The second section examines the design and enactment of the empirical research, focusing on the methods of qualitative research and the particular instruments which are used for data generation in this project. Finally, the grounded account developed in this project is compared to the grounded theory approach developed by Barney Glaser and Anselm Strauss.

Keywords: empirical research; viewer; audience; qualitative research; methodology; design; grounded theory; Glaser; Strauss

Chapter.  17531 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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