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Gender, Religion and Authority in Digital Media
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology, The Social Sciences of Religion, Sociology of Religions.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology, The Social Sciences of Religion, Sociology of Religions.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4218-7806
2019 (English)In: Essachess: Journal for Communication Studies, ISSN 2066-5083, E-ISSN 1775-352X, Vol. 12, no 2(24), p. 23-38Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article discusses how women’s authority to speak about religion is forged in digital media and builds on empirical work focusing on bloggers in a Swedish context and vloggers in a North American context. These studies show how women’s self-performances in digital media are characterized by a communicative intention towards authentic self-expression. We argue that these self-performances also enable a particular form of authority to emerge, that is dependent on an individual’s personal qualities and ability to inhibit and/or perform certain values; relational and co-effected, and forged in constant connectivity with audiences. Authenticity is a core characteristic of this form of authority in the sense of a connection between being true to your inner self and acknowledging your dependence on others. Finally, vulnerability is an intrinsic part as, on the one hand, a condition enhanced by the socio-technological affordances of digital media and, on the other, as a possibility to challenge stigma, open up spaces of inclusivity and enacting a different ideal of authority.

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2019. Vol. 12, no 2(24), p. 23-38
Keywords [en]
authority, authenticity, trust, vulnerability, women
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Religious Studies
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Sociology of Religion
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-400624OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-400624DiVA, id: diva2:1381934
Available from: 2019-12-30 Created: 2019-12-30 Last updated: 2020-01-08Bibliographically approved

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