Faith and culture: Community life and the creation of a shared psychic reality

Shuttleworth, Judy (2010) Faith and culture: Community life and the creation of a shared psychic reality. Infant Observation: The International Journal of Infant Observation and Its Applications, 13 (1). pp. 45-58. ISSN 1369-8036

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This paper discusses the links between infant observation as a research method and ethnography within social anthropology in relation to a study of a mosque congregation in which the nature of faith is explored through the activities of communal life. This observational research generates accounts of social interaction and religious speech within which patterns of inter-subjectivity can be traced. It is argued that the creation of shared imaginative worlds, and the collective processes which sustain them, can be thought of as having properties in common with psychic development.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Published online: 12 Mar 2010
Uncontrolled Keywords: Faith, Culture, Islam, Inter-Subjectivity, Psychic Reality, Infant Observation, Ethnography
Subjects: Children, Young People and Developmental Pyschology > Child Development
Department/People: Children, Young Adult and Family Services

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