In this episode, we talk with Daniel Winchester, Assistant Professor of Sociology at Purdue University. Dan joins us to discuss ethnographic research. In particular, Dan explains the value of ethnographic research for better understanding religious conversion and cultural practice.
“How do you get access to people’s lives, people’s experiences, people’s feelings? Of course, you can never do that completely. You don’t become a mind reader. One of the things you do get some insight into by participating in the life of community, is how participating in particular types of activities, and involving yourself in particular types of social relations, change the way people understand and experience the world. And, part of the way you understand that is by doing those things yourself.”
– Daniel Winchester –