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Lundmark, E. (2019). “This is the Face of an Atheist”: Performing Private Truths in Precarious Publics. (Doctoral dissertation). Uppsala: Department of Theology, Uppsala University
Open this publication in new window or tab >>“This is the Face of an Atheist”: Performing Private Truths in Precarious Publics
2019 (English)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The primary aim of this dissertation is to gain a greater understanding of the particular vulnerabilities attached to wo/men publicly performing atheist selves on YouTube. The purpose is to examine lived non-religion as a performance of a personal and stigmatized identity in a digitally mediated public. I thus examine 60 vloggers’ videos and comment sections in relation to their experiences of, on the one hand, publicly performing atheist identity in the US context – a culture that strongly ties the idea of good citizenship to religiosity – and on the other hand, to what it means to speak out as a woman, agendered, or gender queer person in a minority discourse dominated by men. By use of qualitative feminist intertextual analysis, this study focuses three empirical questions: What characterizes the process of the performances of selves in videos made by non-religious wo/men in the US context? What socio-technological affordances are made visible in the videos, and how do they structure the performances? What characterizes vloggers’ interactions with commenters, and how does this process shape the construction of a space for their self-performances? The findings and their significance for sociology of religion – more precisely the subfields of digital religion and nonreligious and secular studies – is discussed through the fourth and fifth research questions: How can theories of self-performance, counterpublics, and third spaces in digital religion help us understand what is happening in these types of spaces? What theoretical implications follow from these results for understanding visibility of religion as a public phenomenon in current sociology of religion? The study finds that vloggers co-effect third spaces of emotive resonance that enable a precarious counterpublicness of performing atheist visibility. This dissertation can thereby open up a new intellectual space within sociology of religion and digital media studies for engaging with non-religious identity in a mediatized society. Further, it provides novel understandings of the visibility and publicness of atheist identity and the socio-technological conditions that both afford and constrain them.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Department of Theology, Uppsala University, 2019. p. 278
Keywords
atheism, non-religion, nonreligion, non-religious, nonreligious, deconversion, deconverts, YouTube, social media, media, performativity, publics, mediatization, re-publicization, gender
National Category
Religious Studies
Research subject
Sociology of Religion; Media and Communication Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-366401 (URN)
Public defence
2019-02-01, Sal IV, Universitetshuset, 753 10, Uppsala, 14:00 (English)
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The Impact of Religion, Challenges for Society, Law and Democracy
Available from: 2019-01-10 Created: 2018-12-04 Last updated: 2019-01-10
Lundmark, E. & LeDrew, S. (2019). Unorganized atheism and the secular movement: reddit as a site for studying 'lived atheism'. Social Compass
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Unorganized atheism and the secular movement: reddit as a site for studying 'lived atheism'
2019 (English)In: Social Compass, ISSN 0037-7686, E-ISSN 1461-7404Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

This article examines discussions on the reddit.com forum /r/atheism in comparison with rhetoric found in contemporary atheist organizations and among leading figures within the atheist movement. We demonstrate how the culture of /r/atheism converges with that of formal atheist cultures, most importantly regarding understandings of rationality and how religious people deviate from it, while highlighting areas of tension regarding how to relate to religion and religious people. We conclude that the social experience of community and belonging appears to be as important as other more instrumental goals commonly adopted by secular activists, and that tensions regarding the practice of atheism and the purpose of the forum correspond to tensions found in formal institutional contexts. We thus argue that while /r/atheism is not directly or explicitly affiliated with atheist activism, overlap in the nature of discussion and debates is sufficient to consider the forum another window into the development of a general atheist culture practiced in institutional contexts and at the everyday level of ‘lived’ atheism.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sage Publications, 2019
Keywords
atheism, religion, social media, social movements
National Category
Religious Studies
Research subject
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-366398 (URN)10.1177/0037768618816096 (DOI)000458884000008 ()
Funder
The Impact of Religion, Challenges for Society, Law and Democracy
Available from: 2019-01-29 Created: 2019-01-29 Last updated: 2019-08-01Bibliographically approved
Lundmark, E. (2015). Vår Lösen i ljuset av nedslag i andra tidningar: Om tiden med Anne-Marie Thunberg som redaktör. In: Lennart Sjöström (Ed.), Anne-Marie Thunberg: Samhälls- och kulturdebatt under 1900-talets andra hälft. Skellefteå: Artos & Norma bokförlag
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Vår Lösen i ljuset av nedslag i andra tidningar: Om tiden med Anne-Marie Thunberg som redaktör
2015 (Swedish)In: Anne-Marie Thunberg: Samhälls- och kulturdebatt under 1900-talets andra hälft / [ed] Lennart Sjöström, Skellefteå: Artos & Norma bokförlag, 2015Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Skellefteå: Artos & Norma bokförlag, 2015
National Category
Religious Studies
Research subject
Sociology of Religion
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-288903 (URN)9789175807768 (ISBN)
Available from: 2016-04-28 Created: 2016-04-28 Last updated: 2016-06-22Bibliographically approved
Lundmark, E. & Linderman, A. (2015). Vår Lösen i ljuset av nedslag i andra tidningar: om tiden med Ann-Marie Thunberg som redaktör. In: Lennart Sjöström (Ed.), Ann-Marie Thunberg: Samhälls- och kulturdebatt under 1900-talets andra hälft (pp. 335-366). Skellefteå: Artos & Norma
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Vår Lösen i ljuset av nedslag i andra tidningar: om tiden med Ann-Marie Thunberg som redaktör
2015 (Swedish)In: Ann-Marie Thunberg: Samhälls- och kulturdebatt under 1900-talets andra hälft / [ed] Lennart Sjöström, Skellefteå: Artos & Norma, 2015, p. 335-366Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Skellefteå: Artos & Norma, 2015
Series
[Skriftserie] / Stiftelsen Sverige och kristen tro ; 23
National Category
Religious Studies
Research subject
Sociology of Religion
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-366378 (URN)978-91-7580-776-8 (ISBN)
Available from: 2018-11-20 Created: 2018-11-20 Last updated: 2019-04-17Bibliographically approved
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