Religion, Media, and Joint Commitment. Jehovah’s Witnesses as a ‘Plural Subject’

Rota, Andrea (2019). Religion, Media, and Joint Commitment. Jehovah’s Witnesses as a ‘Plural Subject’. ONLINE – Heidelberg Journal of Religions on the Internet, 14, pp. 79-107. Institut für Religionswissenschaft Heidelberg 10.17885/heiup.rel.2019.0.23949

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Drawing on the example of Jehovah’s Witnesses, in this contribution I will explore the role of media in the production of religious commitment. I will argue that, while providing important insights into the relationship between media interpretation and media use, the popular concept of ‘religious-social shaping of technology’ (Campbell) risks producing an excessively uniform picture of an interpretive community. To outline a more dynamic conception of religious communities, I will introduce a theoretical framework derived from the emerging philosophical fields of collective intentionality and social ontology. In particular, I will draw on the philosopher Margaret Gilbert’s work on ‘joint intentions’ and sketch a frame for the analysis of Jehovah’s Witnesses, in their relationship with media and the Watch Tower Society, as parties in a ‘plural subject’.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Art and Cultural Studies > Institute for the Science of Religion

UniBE Contributor:

Rota, Andrea

Subjects:

200 Religion

ISSN:

1861-5813

Publisher:

Institut für Religionswissenschaft Heidelberg

Language:

English

Submitter:

Lucie Joséphine Jakob

Date Deposited:

31 Mar 2020 08:58

Last Modified:

10 Mar 2021 05:46

Publisher DOI:

10.17885/heiup.rel.2019.0.23949

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.140020

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/140020

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