- Format: Hardcover
- ISBN: 978-1-5261-6524-4
- Pages: 240
- Price: £25.00
- Published Date: April 2023
Faith stories is an investigation of faith and belief systems in Australia and England. Drawing on ethnography, interviews, focus groups for adults and arts-based workshops for their children, Hickey-Moody takes a community-based approach to examining belonging, attachment, faith, belief and 'what really matters' in diverse areas. Each of the book's research sites is geographically and culturally specific in ways that shape residents' experiences of community and belonging, but they are united by enduring threads relating to colonisation, diaspora and negotiating belonging in culturally diverse contexts.
Examining faith reveals that there are striking similarities between seemingly different cultures. Understanding these connections can reduce conflict and promote cohesion in communities that are often struggling to adapt to huge changes. This book provides rich resources for those who wish to explore faith and belief in complex social circumstances, either as research or as community engagement. In such increasingly divided times, work like this is needed now more than ever.
'Weaving between disciplines, methods, and interactive practices, Hickey-Moody expertly pulls the reader along several threads of the personal, the communal, the political, and the belief that there is always something more. This is a work that enacts an ethos of radical, collective care, a richly descriptive work that never hides from its readers all of the living and breathing, all of the troubles and joys, of its own making.'
Gregory J. Seigworth, Professor of Communication Studies in the Department of Communication and Theatre at Millersville University
1 Contexts / Comhthéacs
2 Faith: a new materialist approach / Creideamh
3 Mapping and making / Ag déanamh
4 Affect and joy / Áthas
5 Belonging / Muintearas
6 Connections / Naisc
7 Incapacity / Neamhábaltacht
8 Other worlds / Neamhshaolta
Conclusion / Conclúid
Anna Hickey-Moody is Professor of Intersectional Humanities at Maynooth, National University of Ireland