The Online Workshop Series on the Spatial Study of Chinese Religions and Society
Multi-Methods Research Design for Spatial Study
China Data Center at the University of Michigan
Center on Religion and Chinese Society at Purdue University
Center for Global Studies at Purdue University Calumet
10-11:00 am (EST), October 24, 2014
This workshop is one of the online workshop series on “The Spatial Study of Chinese Religions and Society” supported by the Henry Luce Foundation. The workshop is designed to introduce two spatial research methods, the Two Step Floating Catchment Area (2SFCA) and the Network Analysis Method (NAM), to examine the church accessibility scores and church shortage degrees. The multi-methods research will help audiences visually measure and compare the driving time and the geographic areas between the designated locations to understand their church accessibility and church shortage.
Specifically, the workshop will cover the following subjects: 1) introducing the 2SFCA and NAM assisted by the user's manual; 2) demonstrating how to apply the two methods to measure church accessibility and church shortage through hands-on practice focusing on the thirty-one provincial capital cities of China; and 3) discuss why church accessibility and church shortage are vital in understanding Chinese religious market and religious economy.
Expected outcomes: 1) be familiar with the Spatial Explorer of Religion housed by the China Data Center at the University of Michigan; 2) learn how to use the NAM and 2SFCA to measure church accessibility in Chinese cities; and 3) understand the significance of applying spatial methods to religious studies.
1) Dr. George Hong (Professor of History, Director of the Center for Global Studies at Purdue University Calumet, and Co-Director of the Religion and Chinese Society at Purdue University), "The Role of Multi-methods Research in Religious Studies"
2) Mr. Jiamin Yan (Graduate Assistant at Purdue University Calumet), "Introducing Multi-methods for Religious Studies"