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Ethnographic Theology

An Inquiry into the Production of Theological Knowledge

  • Authors

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Introduction

    1. Natalie Wigg-Stevenson
      Pages 1-16
  3. Part I

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 17-17
    2. Natalie Wigg-Stevenson
      Pages 19-46
    3. Natalie Wigg-Stevenson
      Pages 47-82
  4. Part II

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 83-83
    2. Natalie Wigg-Stevenson
      Pages 85-115
    3. Natalie Wigg-Stevenson
      Pages 117-141
    4. Natalie Wigg-Stevenson
      Pages 143-166
    5. Natalie Wigg-Stevenson
      Pages 167-175
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 177-210

About this book


This book uses ethnography as theological practice, yielding a theology constructed at the intersection of church, academy and everyday life. Drawing on the author's research in her Baptist church, the resulting 'ethnographic theology' produces creative theological insights, while also proposing fresh alternatives for Christian thought and action.


Ethnography Constructive Theology Feminist Theology Everyday Theologies Academic Theology Reflexive Sociology Kathryn Tanner Pierre Bourdieu Loïc Wacquant Michel de Certeau Sherry Ortner Baptist Ordained Ministry Ecclesiology Sanctification Soteriology Social Change Theological Formation Christian Education Theological Education action ethnography Everyday Life Habitus production research thought

About the authors

Natalie Wigg-Stevenson received her doctorate in theological studies from Vanderbilt University, USA, where she was a fellow in The Program in Theology and Practice. She is now Assistant Professor of Contextual Education and Theology at Emmanuel College of Victoria University in the University of Toronto, Canada, where she also founded and directs the Teaching for Ministry Program.  

Bibliographic information


“The volume is addressed to other academic theologians, particularly those who desire to produce knowledge not about or for but through those who empower their work. … I found her ways of weaving dense theory and theology through ethnography a pleasure to read.” (Rebecca Spurrier, Shorter Reviews, Vol. 70 (4), October, 2016)