The future of a discipline: Considering the ontological/methodological future of the anthropology of consciousness, part I
David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Ezio Di Nucci
Jonathan Jenkins Ichikawa
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Anthropology of Consciousness 21 (1):1-29 (2010)
Calling for an expanded framework of EuroAmerican science's methodology whose perspective acknowledges both quantitative/etic and qualitative/emic orientations is the broad focus of this article. More specifically this article argues that our understanding of shamanic and/or other related states of consciousness has been greatly enhanced through ethnographic methods, yet in their present form these methods fail to provide the means to fully comprehend these states. They fail, or are limited, because this approach is only a “cognitive interpretation” or “metanarrative” of the actual experience and not the experience itself. Consequently this perspective is also limited because the researcher continues to assess his or her data through the lens of their symbolic constructs, thereby preventing them from truly experiencing shamanic and psi/spirit approaches to knowing since the data collection process does not “in and of itself” affect the observer. We, therefore, need expanded ethnographic methods that include within their approaches an understanding of methods and techniques to experientially encounter these states of consciousness—and become transformed by them. Our becoming transformed and then recollecting our ethnoautobiographical experiences is the means toward a new kind of science and its methods of inquiry that this article seeks to encourage
|Keywords||transpersonal ethnography methodology humanistic shamanism|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
Mark A. Schroll (2005). Introduction: Primordial Visions in an Age of Technology. Anthropology of Consciousness 16 (1):1-5.
Sarah Williams (2007). Meditations on Anthropology Without an Object: Boulder Hopping in Streams of Consciousness. Anthropology of Consciousness 18 (1):65-106.
Sara E. Lewis (2008). Ayahuasca and Spiritual Crisis: Liminality as Space for Personal Growth. Anthropology of Consciousness 19 (2):109-133.
Hillary S. Webb & Francis X. Charet (2007). Doing Consciousness Studies at Goddard College. Anthropology of Consciousness 18 (1):51-64.
Edith L. B. Turner (2006). Discussion: Altruism, Spiritually Merging with a Fellow Human Being's Suffering. Zygon 41 (4):933-940.
Citations of this work BETA
Mark A. Schroll & Susan Greenwood (2011). Worldviews in Collision/Worldviews in Metamorphosis: Toward a Multistate Paradigm. Anthropology of Consciousness 22 (1):49-60.
Mark A. Schroll & Heather Walker (2011). Diagnosing the Human Superiority Complex: Providing Evidence the Eco-Crisis is Born of Conscious Agency. Anthropology of Consciousness 22 (1):39-48.
Karen Ann Watson-Gegeo & David Welchman Gegeo (2011). Divergent Discourses: The Epistemology of Healing in an American Medical Clinic and a Kwara'ae Village. Anthropology of Consciousness 22 (2):209-233.
Heather Walker (2011). Commentaries on Hurd's Integral Archaeology. Anthropology of Consciousness 22 (1):100-101.
Similar books and articles
H. Sidky (2009). A Shaman's Cure: The Relationship Between Altered States of Consciousness and Shamanic Healing. Anthropology of Consciousness 20 (2):171-197.
Marc Blainey (2010). Special Section: The Future of a Discipline: Considering the Ontological/Methodological Future of the Anthropology of Consciousness, Part II†. Anthropology of Consciousness 21 (2):113-138.
Ronald J. Pekala & V. K. Kumar (2007). An Empirical-Phenomenological Approach to Quantifying Consciousness and States of Consciousness: With Particular Reference to Understanding the Nature of Hypnosis. In Graham A. Jamieson (ed.), Hypnosis and Conscious States: The Cognitive Neuroscience Perspective. Oxford University Press 167-194.
Michel Ferrari & Adrien Pinard (2006). Death and Resurrection of a Disciplined Science of Consciousness. Journal of Consciousness Studies 13 (12):75-96.
Sonali K. Shah & Kevin G. Corley, Building Better Theory by Bridging the Quantitative-Qualitative Divide.
Daniel Callahan (2000). Judging the Future: Whose Fault Will It Be? Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 25 (6):677 – 687.
Joseph Agassi (1974). The Logic of Scientific Inquiry. Synthese 26 (3-4):498 - 514.
Overgaard Morten (2008). An Integration of First-Person Methodologies in Cognitive Science. Journal of Consciousness Studies 15 (5):100-120.
D. Aerts, J. Broekaert & Liane Gabora (2002). Intrinsic Contextuality as the Crux of Consciousness. In Kunio Yasue, Marj Jibu & Tarcisio Della Senta (eds.), No Matter, Never Mind: Proceedings of Toward a Science of Consciousness: Fundamental Approaches (Tokyo '99). John Benjamins
Rafael G. Locke (2011). The Future of a Discipline: Considering the Ontological/Methodological Future of the Anthropology of Consciousness, Part III. Anthropology of Consciousness 22 (2):106-135.
Added to index2010-03-05
Total downloads93 ( #47,831 of 1,938,465 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #449,299 of 1,938,465 )
How can I increase my downloads?