Ethnography: Tools for Reading Social Contexts
— CHED 0662 (3)
'I wish I understood the people!' Have you uttered this in exasperation? Can we really know people and their contexts at a deeper level? Are there tools to 'exegete' a community or parish, a kind of cultural hermeneutic? Ethnographic research aims to equip students to 'read' people in their contexts reliably and accurately. If contextualized ministry is being accountable to the hermeneutical obligations of the gospel, contextual analysis is fundamental to all Christian work. Skills of observation, in-depth interviewing, data analysis, and the preparation of instruments for testing generalizations in larger or contrasting settings will be developed. Facilitates the ability to carry out field research in the style, form, and discipline of anthropological inquiry.
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