Experiencing a Mosque Through Photography: Islam As an Ordinary Religion | Chatagny | Visual Ethnography
Cover Image

Experiencing a Mosque Through Photography: Islam As an Ordinary Religion

Guillaume Chatagny

Abstract


In this article, the author reflects on using photography for an ethno-sociological study which interrogates the spatial configuration of a mosque in Switzerland. After defining the concept of spatial configuration and presenting his field, the author considers several difficulties pertaining to the photography of concrete situations. It is shown that photography enables the researcher to take a critical distance from their own ethnographic activity and the way it can influence the behaviour of actors in the field. Through analyzing spatial configurations as enabled by photography, the author advances two social logics pertaining to the constitution of social space: discretion and conviviality. These logics, as well as the photographic method used in their elaboration, are shown to be pertinent for the study of Islam as an ordinary religion.

Keywords


Islam in Switzerland; Photography in a Muslim associational context; built environment; spatial configuration; ordinary religion.

Full Text:

PDF

References


AARBURG, Hans-Peter von

L’émigration albanaise du Kosovo vers la Suisse. L’imprévisible évolution des projets migratoires. In

Ethnologie française, 2 (32): 271-282.

ADLER, Patricia A.

Membership roles in field research. Newbury Park and London: SAGE.

AHMED, Abdul-Azim

An Ethnography of a Cardiff Mosque. PhD in Religious and Theological Studies. Cardiff University. Accessed

online, January, 14-2022:

https://orca.cardiff.ac.uk/100628/

APPADURAI, Arjun

Global Ethnoscapes: Notes and Queries for a Transnational Anthropology. In: Recapturing Anthropology:

Working the Present. Richard J. Fox (ed). Santa Fe: School of American Research Press. Pp. 191-210.

ARBORIO, Anne-Marie

L’observation directe en sociologie : quelques réflexions méthodologiques à propos de travaux de

recherche sur le terrain hospitalier. In Recherche en soins infirmiers, 3: 26-34.

BAJARD, Flora

Les usages « sauvages » de l’image. Retours sur une expérience profane de la sociologie visuelle. In Images

du travail. Travail des images. Accessed online, January, 14-2022:

https://journals.openedition.org/itti/1065#authors

BARTHES, Roland

La chambre claire. Note sur la photographie. Paris: Cahiers du cinéma/Gallimard/Seuil.

BARWISE, John

The Situation in Logic. Standford: CSLI Publications.

BATESON, Gregory - MEAD, Margaret

Balinese Character: A Photographic Analysis. New York: Academy of Sciences.

BEHLOUL, Samuel

Discours total! Le débat sur l’islam en Suisse et le positionnement de l’islam comme religion publique. In

Musulmans d’aujourd’hui. Identités plurielles en Suisse. Mallory Schneuwly Purdie - Matteo Gianni - Magali

Jenny (eds). Genève: Labor et Fides. Pp. 53-72.

BENNANI-CHRAÏBI, Mounia

Rapport final. L’émergence d’acteurs associatifs musulmans dans la sphère publique suisse. PNR 58, Collectivités

religieuses, État et société. Accessed online, December, 28-2021:

https://media.snf.ch/S3Hn0RCNAWlfG6a/NFP58_Schlussbericht_Bennani_Chraibi.pdf

BERNARD, Harvey Russell

Research Methods in Anthropology. Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield.

BEST, Simon Peter John

The Community of Intimacy: The spiritual beliefs and religious practices of adolescent quakers. Unpublished PhD,

University of Birmingham. Accessed online, December, 28-2021:

https://etheses.bham.ac.uk//id/eprint/1250/1/best_10_PhD.pdf

BONNOT, Thierry

L’Attachement aux choses. Paris: CNRS Éditions.

BRÄUNLEIN, Peter J.

Thinking Religion Through Things. Reflections on the Material Turn in the Scientific Study of

Religions. In Method and Theory in the Study of Religion, 28: 365-399.

BREKKE, Torkel - KÜHLE, Lene - LARSSON, Göran - MARTIKAINEN, Tuomas

Mosques, Muslims, Methods: The Role of Mosques in Research about Muslims in Europe. In Journal of

Muslims in Europe, 8: 216-233.

CARP, Richard M.

Material Culture. In The Routledge Handbook of Research Methods in the Study of Religion. Michael Stausberg &

Steven Engler (eds). London: Routledge. Pp. 474-490.

COLLIER, John - COLLIER, Malcolm

Visual Anthropology. Photography as a Research Method. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press.

DAHINTEN, Janine

Der Anfang vom Ende eines neues [i.e. neuen] Konzepts? Transnationalismus am Beispiel der sozialen

Netzwerke von albanischen Migrantinnen aus dem ehemaligen Jugoslawien. In Traverse. Zeitschrift für

Geschichte = Revue d’histoire, 12 (1): 93-109.

DANIELS, Inge

The Japanese House. Material culture in the modern home. Oxford: Berg.

DEKKER, Rianne - ENGBERSEN, Godfried

How social media transform migrant networks and facilitate migration. In Global Networks, 14 (4): 401-

DELSAUT, Yvette

Carnets de socioanalyse. Écrire les pratiques ordinaires. Paris: Raisons d’agir.

DOUGLAS, Jack D. - ADLER, Patricia A. - ADLER, Peter - FONTANA, Andrea - FREEMAN C., Robert - KOTARBA,

Joseph A.

Introduction to the Sociologies of Everyday Life. Boston: Allyn and Bacon.

EMMISON, Michael - SMITH, Philip

Researching the Visual. Images, Objects, Contexts and Interactions in Social and Cultural Inquiry. London: SAGE.

ETTINGER, Patrik

La qualité de la couverture médiatique des musulmans de Suisse. Étude mandatée par la Commission fédérale contre

le racisme. Berne: Commission fédérale contre le racisme. Accessed online, December, 28-2021:

https://www.ekr.admin.ch/pdf/Studie_Qual_Berichterst_F.pdf

FORNEL, Michel de - QUÉRÉ, Louis

La logique des situations : nouveaux regards sur l’écologie des activités sociales. Paris : Éditions de l’École des hautes

études en sciences sociales.

GIANNI, Matteo - GIUGNI, Marco - MICHEL, Noémi

Les musulmans en Suisse : profils et intégration. Lausanne: Presses polytechniques et universitaires romandes.

GLICK SCHILLER, Nina - BASCH, Linda - SZANTON BLANC, Cristina

From Immigrant to Transmigrant: Theorizing Transnational Migration. In Anthropological Quaterly, 68 (1):

-63.

GOFFMAN, Erving

The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life. Garden City (N.Y.): Doubleday.

GOFFMAN, Erving

The Neglected Situation. In American Anthropologist, 66: 133-136.

GOFFMAN, Erving

The Interaction Order: American Sociological Association, 1982 Presidential Address. In American

Sociological Review, 48 (1): 1-17.

HARPER, Douglas

Talking about pictures: a case for photo-elicitation. In Visual Studies, 17 (1): 13-26.

HAUSENDORF, Heiko

On the interactive achievement of space – and its possible meanings. In Space in language and linguistics:

geographical, interactional and cognitive perspectives. Peter Auer - Martin Hilpert - Anja Stukenbrock - Benedikt

Szmrecsanyi (eds). Berlin: Walter de Gruyter. Pp. 276-303.

HAUSENDORF, Heiko - SCHMITT, Reinhold

Interaktionsarchitektur und Sozialtopografie. Umrisse einer raumlinguistischen Programmatik. In

Arbeitspapiere des UFSP Sprache und Raum (SpuR). University of Zurich. Accessed online, December, 28-2021:

https://www.spur.uzh.ch/research/SpuR_Arbeitspapiere_Nr01_Mai2013.pdf

HILLER, Harry H. - FRANZ, Tara M.

New ties, old ties and lost ties: the use of the internet in diaspora. In New Media & Society, 6 (6): 731-752.

HOUTMAN, Dick - MEYER, Birgit

Things: Religion and the Question of Materiality. New York: Fordham.

ISENI, Bashkim

Les diasporas musulmanes des Balkans en Suisse. In Musulmans d’aujourd’hui. Identités plurielles en Suisse.

Mallory Schneuwly Purdie - Matteo Gianni & Magali Jenny (eds). Pp. 37-52.

KERESTETZI, Katerina

The spirit of a place: materiality, spatiality, and feeling in Afro-American religions. Translated by

Dominic Horsfall. In Journal de la société des américanistes, 104 (1) : 9-25.

KING, Russel - WOOD, Nancy

Media and migration: constructions of mobility and difference. London: Routledge.

KNOTT, Kim

Spatial Theory and Method for the Study of Religion. In Temenos-Nordic Journal of Comparative Religion. 41

(2): 153-184.

LATOUR, Bruno

Enquête sur les modes d’existence. Paris: La Découverte.

LEFEBVRE, Henri

The Production of Space. Translated by Donald Nicholson-Smith. Oxford: John Wiley and Sons Ltd.

LÖW, Martina

The Sociology of Space. Materiality, Social Structures, and Action. Translated by Donald Goodwin. New York:

Palgrave Macmillan.

MARESCA, Sylvain

La photographie. Un miroir des sciences sociales. Paris: L’Harmattan.

MIRZOEFF, Nicholas

An introduction to visual culture. London and New York: Routledge.

MUSTAFA, Asma

Faith and Photography: Using auto-photography in eliciting perceptions of religious

identity. In Fieldwork in Religion, 9 (2): 166-181.

OLIVIER DE SARDAN, Jean-Pierre

La rigueur du qualitatif. Les contraintes empiriques de l’interprétation socio-anthropologique. Louvain-la-Neuve:

Academia Bruylant.

PAUWELS, Luc

An Integrated Conceptual Framework for Visual Social Research. In The SAGE Handbook of Visual Research

Methods. Luc Pauwels & Dawn Mannay (eds). Los Angeles, CA: SAGE Publications. Pp. 14-36.

PECCATTE, Patrick

Ça-a-été (visualisé). In Déjà Vu. Carnet de recherche de Patrick Peccatte. Accessed online, December, 28-2021:

https://dejavu.hypotheses.org/1102

PIETTE, Albert

Le mode mineur de la réalité. Paradoxes et photographies en anthropologie. Louvain-la-Neuve: Peeters.

PIETTE, Albert

Epistemology and Practical Applications of Anthropological Photography. In Visual Anthropology, 6: 157-

PIETTE, Albert

L’institution religieuse en images. Modèle de description ethnographique / Images of Religious

Institution. A Model of Descriptive Ethnography. In Archives de sciences sociales des religions, 93: 57-80.

PIETTE, Albert

Le fait religieux : détour, contour, retour. In Le religieux des sociologues. Trajectoires personnelles et débats

scientifiques. Yves Lambert - Guy Michelat - Albert Piette (ed.). Paris: L’Harmattan. Pp. 33-43.

PIETTE, Albert

Le fait religieux. Une théorie de la religion ordinaire. Paris: Economica.

PIETTE, Albert

Fondements épistémologiques de la photographie. In Arrêt sur Images. Photographie et anthropologie,

Ethnologie française, 1: 107-110.

PIETTE, Albert

Existence in the Details. Theory and Methodology in Existential Anthropology. Volume 1. Translated by Matthew

Cunningham. Berlin: Duncker & Humblot.

PIETTE, Albert

Ethnographie de l’action. L’observation des détails. 2nd Edition. Paris : éditions EHESS.

PINK, Sarah

The future of Visual Anthropology. Engaging the senses. London and New York: Routledge.

PINK, Sarah

Doing Visual Ethnography. Los Angeles: SAGE.

PYE, Michael

Photography in the Study of Religion. In Community Religions Project. Working Paper No. 1. Accessed online,

December, 28-2021 :

https://archiv.ub.uni-marburg.de/es/2015/0007/

QUÉRÉ, Louis

L’environnement comme partenaire. In Sujets, activités, environnements. Jean-Marie Barbier & Marc Durand

(eds). Paris: PUF. Pp. 7-29.

QURAISHI, Muzammil

Researching Muslim Prisoners. In Journal of Social Research Methodology, 11 (5): 453-467.

RAVELLI, Louise J. - MCMURTRIE, Robert J.

Multimodality in the Built Environment. Spatial Discourse Analysis. New York/London: Routledge.

REMY, Jean

L’espace, un objet central de la sociologie. Toulouse: Éditions érès

RICHTER, Philip

From Backstage to Front. The role of the vestry in managing clergy self-presentation. In Seeing Religion.

Toward a visual sociology of religion. Roman Williams (ed.). New York: Routledge. Pp. 103-121.

SALZBRUNN, Monika

L’islam (in)visible en ville. Genève: Labor et Fides.

SCHLERETH, Thomas John

Material culture: a research guide. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas.

SCHNEUWLY PURDIE, Mallory - TUNGER-ZANETTI, Andreas

Switzerland. Country Report 2019. In Yearbook of Muslims in Europe. Egdūnas Račius & Stephanie Müssig

(eds). Leiden: Brill. Pp. 643-660.

SCHWARTZ, Olivier

L’empirisme irréductible. La fin de l’empirisme ? In Le Hobo, sociologie du sans-abri. Nels Anderson. Paris:

Armand Colin. Pp. 335-384.

SEGAUD, Marion

Anthropologie de l’espace. Habiter, fonder, distribuer, transformer. Paris: Armand Colin.

SIMMEL, Georg

Soziologie. Untersuchungen über die Formen der Vergesellschaftung. Second volume. Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp.

SONTAG, Susan

On Photography. London: Penguin.

SPENCER, Stephen

Visual Research Methods in the Social Sciences. Awakening Visions. London and New York: Routledge.

STOCKING, Georges W. Jr.

Observers observed. Madison: The University of Wisconsin Press.

WILLIAMS, Roman

Seeing Religion. Toward a visual sociology of religion. London and New York: Routledge


Refbacks

  • There are currently no refbacks.


ISSN Print 2499-9288
ISSN Online 2281-1605
Publisher Altrimedia Edizioni
Patronage University of Basilicata, Italy
Web Leonardo Di Benedetto



Periodico registrato presso il Tribunale di Matera, numero di registrazione 2/2014