Monday, August 06, 2012

Lights, camera

As part of a project called "Spiritual Narratives in Everyday Life," research subjects were given a disposable camera and asked to take pictures of places important to them, and then, later, to talk about each picture. It's a great way of letting interview subjects co-construct the research. And sometimes, as in this picture of a beloved public gazebo, it uncovers modes of experiencing one might never otherwise learn about. I'd love love love to find a way of integrating such Photo Elicitation Interviews (PEIs) into my upcoming first year seminar, "Lived Religion in a Secular Age." But how? Suggestions welcome!

Roman R. Williams, "Picturing Religion in Everyday Life," Sociology of Religion: Newsletter of the Sociology of Religion Section of the American Sociological Association 11/1 (Fall 2009): 4-5 and “Space for God: Lived Religion at Work, Home, and Play,” Sociology of Religion 71:3 (2010): 257-279, 259-60.

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