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



June 1998 | 354 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
`A landmark book which will surely remain the standard text in the area for many years to come, and in doing so will lend invaluable impetus to the continuing development of the subject and to its wider acceptance within the social sciences' - Transpersonal Psychology Review

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.

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 and self-awareness - can benefit anyone involved in the research enterprise across many disciplines.

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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