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Power games : using Foucault to shed light on the inherent power dynamics of intercultural Bible study groups : discussion of a qualitative research project

dc.contributor.authorVan der Walt, Charleneaf_ZA
dc.date.accessioned2015-11-09T06:48:59Z
dc.date.available2015-11-09T06:48:59Z
dc.date.issued2014
dc.identifier.citationVan der Walt, C. 2014. Power games : using Foucault to shed light on the inherent power dynamics of intercultural Bible study groups: discussion of a qualitative research project. Nederduitse Gereformeerde Teologiese Tydskrif, 55(3 & 4): 859-878, doi:10.5952/55-3-4-669.en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn2226-2385 (online)
dc.identifier.issn0028-2006 (print)
dc.identifier.otherdoi:10.5952/55-3-4-669
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/97625
dc.descriptionPlease cite as follows:
dc.descriptionVan der Walt, C. 2014. Power games : using Foucault to shed light on the inherent power dynamics of intercultural Bible study groups: discussion of a qualitative research project. Nederduitse Gereformeerde Teologiese Tydskrif, 55(3 & 4): 859-878, doi:10.5952/55-3-4-669.en_ZA
dc.descriptionThe original publication is available at http://ojs.reformedjournals.co.zaen_ZA
dc.description.abstractIn theory the process of intercultural Bible reading should create a safe space where the voice of the individual can be heard in community with others. It should be a space where the individual is not only free to speak, but also to have the innate experience of truly being heard. In this respect the intercultural Bible reading experience becomes a space that promotes human dignity and has the inherent capacity to facilitate social transformation. Although these Bible study groups can ideally be a safe space with the potential for social transformation, the practical reality shows a more complicated dynamic. An important factor that contributes to the complexity is the underlying power dynamic in the social interaction. To bring the concept of power in intercultural Bible reading into focus, an empirical study was conducted. Aft er briefly discussing the scope of the empirical research project, the main focus of the paper will shift to Michel Foucault’s seminal theory on power. Conversation analysis was used in the research project as a qualitative data analysis tool to identify the main trends functioning in the observable power dynamic. Foucault’s theory will be used to shed light on the inherent power dynamic that functions in the intercultural Bible reading space. Th e paper will show that the intercultural Bible reading space cannot escape the functioning of an inherent power dynamic, but by using Foucault’s theory, a greater understanding can be obtained and observed trends and patterns can be better understood, predicted and managed.en_ZA
dc.description.urihttp://ojs.reformedjournals.co.za/index.php/ngtt/article/view/452
dc.format.extent20 pages
dc.language.isoen_ZAen_ZA
dc.publisherPieter de Waal Neethling Trusten_ZA
dc.subjectPoweren_ZA
dc.subjectFoucault, Michel, 1926-1984en_ZA
dc.subjectIntercultural communication -- Religious aspects -- Christianityen_ZA
dc.titlePower games : using Foucault to shed light on the inherent power dynamics of intercultural Bible study groups : discussion of a qualitative research projecten_ZA
dc.typeArticleen_ZA
dc.description.versionPublisher's versionen_ZA
dc.rights.holderPieter de Waal Neethling Trusten_ZA


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