Transpersonal Research Methods for the Social Sciences
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Transpersonal Research Methods for the Social Sciences
Honoring Human Experience


© 1998 | 354 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

There is no shortage of research methods that are easily applied to the study of everyday human experience. How, though, does one attempt to study extraordinary human experiences ultimate values and meanings, peak experiences, transcendence, and heightened awareness, among others? Authors William Braud and Rosemarie Anderson introduce a series of transpersonal research methods that are intended to help researchers develop new ways of knowing and methods of inquiry. While these methods will be of particular interest to researchers in transpersonal psychology, humanistic psychology, or transpersonal studies applied to traditional fields, the authors argue that these approaches with their emphasis on developing intuition, empathy, self-awareness can benefit anyone involved in the research enterprise.

With its solid grounding in transpersonal studies and extensive coverage of qualitative approaches without ignoring quantitative approaches, Transpersonal Research Methods for the Social Sciences will be an invaluable addition to the libraries of researchers across many disciplines, as well as a supplement in research methods courses.

Rosemarie Anderson
Introduction
PART ONE: CRITIQUES AND EXTENSIONS
William Braud and Rosemarie Anderson
Conventional and Expanded Views of Research
Rosemarie Anderson and William Braud
A Preview of New Methods
PART TWO: EXPANDED METHODS OF DISCIPLINED INQUIRY
William Braud
Integral Inquiry
Complementary Ways of Knowing, Being and Expression  
Rosemarie Anderson
Intuitive Inquiry
A Transpersonal Approach  
Ron Valle and Mary Mohs
Transpersonal Awareness in Phenomenological Inquiry
Philosophy, Reflections and Recent Research  
Jennifer Clements et al
Organic Research
Feminine Spirituality Meets Transpersonal Research  
Rhea A White
Becoming More Human as We Work
The Reflexive Role of Exceptional Human Experience  
PART THREE: APPLYING THE PRINCIPLES: SELECTED EXAMPLES
Alternative Ways of Knowing (Encountering and Collecting Data)
Alternative Ways of Working with Data (Engaging and Confronting Data)
Alternative Ways of Presenting Results (Expressing and Communicating Findings)
PART FOUR: FURTHER EXTENSIONS
William Braud
An Expanded View of Validity
Rosemarie Anderson and William Braud
Additional Suggestions, Ethical Considerations and Future Challenges

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