bereft of method


"To claim the spiritual within the academy is blasphemous" notes Hurtado (2003, p. 218), in response to Dillard's (2003a) call for research and representation more in keeping with the lives of African-American women researchers.


"[I]t undermines the claims of 'scientific' objectivity and leaves us bereft of method," she claims (Hurtado, 2003, p. 218). Yet, such methodologies and attendant methods do exist in the form of arts-based inquiry, indigenous methodologies, phenomenology, narrative inquiry. Few of them, however, are explicit in their use of the language of spirit (see Braud, 2004; Clements, 2004; Dillard, 2006a, 2006b; Harpignies, 2007 for explicit use of the word).