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Religion on Twitter : communalization in event-based hashtag discourses


Aeschbach, Mirjam; Lüddeckens, Dorothea (2019). Religion on Twitter : communalization in event-based hashtag discourses. Online : Heidelberg Journal of Religions on the Internet, 14(2019):108-130.

Abstract

In this article, we examine the question of religious communalization on the micro-blogging service Twitter. Twitter has only relatively recently been adopted as afield of research by scholars of media and religion, and the question of religiouscommunity building on Twitter has yet to be addressed. Along withconceptualizations of Twitter as a social network and a social medium, we presentspecific approaches to community and the emergence of communal identity.Drawing on theories of community building online as well as offline, this studyemphasizes mediated communication as central in the formation of community.Finally, through an analysis of postings under the hashtag#WhatBritishMuslimsReallyThink, we outline how Twitter is used for event-basedcommunication and emotional affiliation. In this way, Twitter is conceptualized asa digital space in which fleeting communities may emerge in the process ofcommunicative event communalization.

Abstract

In this article, we examine the question of religious communalization on the micro-blogging service Twitter. Twitter has only relatively recently been adopted as afield of research by scholars of media and religion, and the question of religiouscommunity building on Twitter has yet to be addressed. Along withconceptualizations of Twitter as a social network and a social medium, we presentspecific approaches to community and the emergence of communal identity.Drawing on theories of community building online as well as offline, this studyemphasizes mediated communication as central in the formation of community.Finally, through an analysis of postings under the hashtag#WhatBritishMuslimsReallyThink, we outline how Twitter is used for event-basedcommunication and emotional affiliation. In this way, Twitter is conceptualized asa digital space in which fleeting communities may emerge in the process ofcommunicative event communalization.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:01 Faculty of Theology and the Study of Religion > Institute of Religious Studies
Dewey Decimal Classification:200 Religion
Uncontrolled Keywords:Twitter; Social media; Digital religion; Community
Language:English
Date:9 April 2019
Deposited On:26 Nov 2019 09:36
Last Modified:22 Jan 2024 13:53
Publisher:Heidelberg University Publishing
ISSN:1861-5813
OA Status:Gold
Free access at:Publisher DOI. An embargo period may apply.
Official URL:https://heiup.uni-heidelberg.de/journals/index.php/religions/article/view/23950/17670
Related URLs:https://heiup.uni-heidelberg.de/journals/index.php/religions/ (Publisher)
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  • Language: English
  • Licence: Creative Commons: Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0)