SciELO - Scientific Electronic Library Online

vol.30 número2A preliminary research agenda for the spiritual recapitalisation of the workplace: a practical theological re-construction índice de autoresíndice de materiabúsqueda de artículos
Home Pagelista alfabética de revistas  

Servicios Personalizados



Links relacionados

  • En proceso de indezaciónCitado por Google
  • En proceso de indezaciónSimilares en Google


Acta Theologica

versión On-line ISSN 2309-9089
versión impresa ISSN 1015-8758


WEPENER, C.  y  BARNARD, M.. Entering the field: initiating liturgical research in an african independent church (AIC). Acta theol. [online]. 2010, vol.30, n.2, pp.192-210. ISSN 2309-9089.

African independent churches (AICs) have been studied by scholars from various disciplines, especially Missiology and anthropology, making use of various methods including participatory observation. In ritual and liturgical studies, AICs and their abundance of rituals is still a rather under-explored field of research with several reasons making it a difficult area to access. In this article, one aspect of participatory observation in researching ritual action in AICs will be explored, namely the initial phase of entering the field. Real examples from a current South African national research foundation (nrf)-funded research project as conducted by a team of scholars including some from the field of ritual and liturgical studies will first be described and thereafter discussed. Diachronically, the initial phase stretching from a pre-proposal workshop until the first attendance of a worship service in a local congregation is sketched and commented upon.

Palabras clave : Liturgy; Ritual; Participatory Observation; Social Capital.

        · texto en Inglés     · Inglés ( pdf )


Creative Commons License Todo el contenido de esta revista, excepto dónde está identificado, está bajo una Licencia Creative Commons