The ontological implications of spirit encounters

Barnes, Jamie (2019) The ontological implications of spirit encounters. Social Analysis, 63 (3). pp. 24-46. ISSN 0155-977X

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Abstract

This article offers a reflexive and phenomenological response to some of the challenges of the recent ontological turn. It argues, first, that a focus on embodiment is crucial in understanding the formation of ontological assumptions, and, second, that researchers have an ethical responsibility to practice an ‘ontological reflexivity’ that goes beyond the conceptual reflexivity of much recent ontological work. It conceives the anthropological domain as a place of ‘intra-actment’ and maintains that to avoid ontological closure, researchers must contextualize their ontological assumptions by reflexively sensitizing themselves to how these assumptions are shaped by both embodied experience and the contexts in which they are articulated and performed. This article seeks to enact this through an auto-ethnographic exploration of the author’s own embodied experience as it relates to demonic manifestations and the divine.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: autoethnography, Christian experience, embodiment, ontological turn, phenomenology, spirits
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Sociology
Depositing User: Jamie Barnes
Date Deposited: 13 Aug 2019 08:55
Last Modified: 20 Nov 2019 14:30
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/84735

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