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Comprehensive or Comprehensible Experience? A Case Study of Religion and Traumatic Bereavement

McGowan, W and Cook, EA (2020) Comprehensive or Comprehensible Experience? A Case Study of Religion and Traumatic Bereavement. Sociological Research Online. ISSN 1360-7804

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The first half of this article provides a brief overview of two respective projects concerning traumatic bereavement, in which religious faith appeared to feature amid a constellation of significant coping and sense-making mechanisms for survivors. After presenting some illustrative examples of the kind of data produced in the course of our research, the second half of the article develops a retrospectively critical appraisal of our data collection and corresponding analysis practices. In questioning the extent to which our accounts of our participants’ accounts can be considered adequate representations of social order, we critically explore the relative potential of ‘reflexivity’ for bridging the experiential gap between researchers and participants. Taken together, these reflections prompt a return to the salutary question: what counts as sociologically “see-able”?

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Divisions: Justice Studies (from Sep 19)
Publisher: Sage
Date Deposited: 18 Dec 2020 13:08
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2021 06:13
DOI or ID number: 10.1177/1360780420978662
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/14192
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