Religion, Media, and Commitment: Jehovah’s Witnesses as Plural Subjects.” International Workshop

Rota, Andrea (September 2017). Religion, Media, and Commitment: Jehovah’s Witnesses as Plural Subjects.” International Workshop (Unpublished). In: International Workshop "The Dynamics of Religion, Media, and Community". University of Fribourg. 29-30 September 2017.

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In this paper, I will explore the role of media in the production of religious commitment drawing on the example of Jehovah’s Witnesses. I will argue that, while providing important insight in the relationship between media interpretation (Mediendeutung) and media use (Mediennutzung), the concept of “socio-religious shaping of media” (H. Campbell) risks to produce an excessively static picture of an interpreting community. To outline a more dynamic conception of religious communities – one that combines the idea of a strong collective commitment with a measure of individual agency – I will introduce a theoretical framework derived from speech act theory (J.L. Austin) and the philosophy of collective intentionality (J. Searle). In particular, it sketches a frame for the analysis of Jehovah’s Witnesses, in their relationship with media, as members of a “plural subject” (M. Gilbert).

Item Type:

Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)

Division/Institute:

06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Art and Cultural Studies > Institute for the Science of Religion
06 Faculty of Humanities > Other Institutions > Walter Benjamin Kolleg (WBKolleg) > Center for Global Studies (CGS)

UniBE Contributor:

Rota, Andrea

Subjects:

200 Religion

Language:

English

Submitter:

Andrea Rota

Date Deposited:

21 Nov 2017 18:17

Last Modified:

25 Jul 2018 11:58

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/106461

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