This presentation uses Prezi. The focus is upon the study by Daniel Winchester and his later journal article entitled: Embodying the Faith: Religious Practice and the Making of a Muslim Moral Habitus (2008). In this study Winchester seeks to develop empiric, high level theory founded on theories of sociology of religion, and more specifically, theory seeking to explain how people experience religious conversion. Winchester’s goals are two-fold. First, to make connections with earlier theory about the concept of a “moral self” and extend these theories to explain how embodied practices are central to dialectic dual process in making a moral self (Asad, Mahmoud, Bourdieu). Second, he wishes to understand how particular actors in specific social contexts may construct moral lives and selves.
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Winchester, Daniel. 2008. “Embodying the Faith: Religious Practice and the Making of a Muslim Moral Habitus.” Social Forces 86(4).
Winchester, Daniel. Department of Sociology, Graduate Page, University of Minnesota. http://www.soc.umn.edu/people/gradprofile.php?UID=winch023
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