In the past ten years there has been a shift in the field of anthropology towards working with and studying organisations. Anthropologists Inside Organisations addresses this need by bringing together seven diverse case studies based in/on South Asian countries, analysing how anthropologists have negotiated issues that arise from interacting with organisations. The book emphasises methodology and fresh empirical research. It also provides rich and detailed examples of how different researchers have managed to work within constraints imposed by organizations.

Researching Faith Based Organisations in India

Researching faith based organisations in India


A research gap exists in understanding how faith based organisations (FBOs) operate and how faith affects their operation. In India the FBO sector accounts for a significant share of health-related responses to HIV. This research aimed to improve the understanding of how faith affects the response of Indian FBOs to HIV. During this research, a number of methodological issues were revealed. Some of the issues would be similar to the issues faced when researching secular organisations. However, I also encountered methodological issues that relate specifically to researching FBOs. This chapter intentionally focuses on these methodological issues which are particular to researching FBOs. After a brief background to this research, the Indian faith context is ...

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