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“Are you religious or are you saved?”: defining membership categories in religious discussions on YouTube

Pihlaja, Stephen (2011). “Are you religious or are you saved?”: defining membership categories in religious discussions on YouTube. Fieldwork in Religion, 6(1) pp. 27–46.

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Using membership categorization analysis, this article investigates membership categories in a YouTube video made by an Evangelical Christian in which he differentiates between “saved” and “religious” users. Analysis will take a discourse-centred, multimodal approach grounded in longitudinal observation, using analysis of video discourse to instruct analysis of video images and user comments. Findings will show that categorization is accomplished by using recognized categories with ambiguous descriptions of category-bound activities that include metaphors, such as “being hungry for God” and not “hanging out with atheists.” These categories are recognized by commenters on the video, but the category bound activities applied to the category members are disputed. Findings will also show that scriptural reference plays an important role in categorization in the video, drawing on direct Bible quotes as well as paraphrases of key passages.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2011 Equinox Publishing Ltd
ISSN: 1743-0623
Keywords: computer mediated communication; YouTube; discourse dynamics; metaphor; religious studies
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Research Group: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Item ID: 32241
Depositing User: Stephen Pihlaja
Date Deposited: 02 Feb 2012 15:16
Last Modified: 02 May 2018 13:37
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