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Methodology: Tool or Trap?

Rita M. Gross

in A Garland of Feminist Reflections

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9780520255852
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520943667 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520255852.003.0006
Methodology: Tool or Trap?

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This chapter reflects on questions about how scholars construct, accept, and reject methodologies, rather than arguing for or against any specific methodology. Methodologies should be tools that improve studies of religion, but they often become traps that curtail the ability to take in previously unseen data or more deeply examine the assumptions underlying our methodologies. In this chapter, the author recounts the development of feminist methodology in religious studies and resistance to that development as a case study about how scholars deal with new methodological developments. This case study demonstrates how easily received methodologies become traps that silence critical thinking.

Keywords: methodologies; traps; feminist methodology; religious studies; methodological developments; feminist methods; conventional methods

Chapter.  7208 words. 

Subjects: Buddhism

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