James V. Spickard
Research Basics: Design to Data Analysis in Six Steps offers a fresh and creative approach to the research process based on author James V. Spickard’s decades of teaching experience. Using an intuitive six-step model, readers learn how to craft a research question and then identify a logical process for answering it. Conversational writing and multi-disciplinary examples illuminate the model’s simplicity and power, effectively connecting the “hows” and “whys” behind social science research. Students using this book will learn how to turn their research questions into results
Religion Crossing Boundaries: Transnational Religious Dynamics in Africa and the New African Diaspora
Afe Adogame and James V. Spickard
Over the past twenty years, major change has taken place in the nature of migration in global society. The predominant pattern since at least the 18th-century had been for peoples to move to and settle in Western countries permanently, with relatively little substantive interchange with their former homelands. They adopted the modes of articulation characteristic of their new societies (a process expressed with respect to the USA, for example, as 'Americanization'). This pattern has now changed, and there is considerable interaction between homeland and migrant peoples. One of the places where this has become especially important is in religious exchanges between Africa and the West. While some negative effects of this process may grab headlines, there have also been extensive positive interactions, not least among African peoples, especially with respect to Pentecostal and allied religious movements. The chapters in this edited book illustrate the variety of these exchanges.
James V. Spickard, J Shawn Landres, and Meredith B. McGuire
Over the last decade, the sociology of religion and religious studies have experienced a surge of ethnographic research. Scholars now use ethnography, as anthropologists have long done, as a valued source of knowledge from which they draw their pictures of the religious world. Yet, many researchers of religion have yet to grapple with the issues that are changing anthropologists' use of the method. This edited collection provides an overview of recent debates while also pushing them in new directions. In addition, it offers a critique of some of anthropology's reigning conceptualizations.
Paul R. Spickard, James V. Spickard, and Kevin M. Cragg
This text is a survey of excerpts from the work of some of the major historians since the dawn of written history. The authors have included introductions to each excerpt giving some geographical and historical context, as well as discussing the types of information and ways of thinking that inform each historian's view of the world. These selections provide the reader the opportunity to contemplate the nature and purposes of history as it has been practiced by people from many different tradition and in many eras. This text can be used in the undergraduate Historical Methods course or as a supplement in the Western and World History courses.