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‘In times of crisis, followers of one true god unite’: Social media and the formation of online religious silos

Kiran Vinod Bhatia ; Doctoral Candidate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, US

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str. 119-139

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This paper is based on a research study designed to explore how adolescents, in situations of political polarization, deploy online networks to articulate, negotiate, and enact their political and religious identities. Based on social media ethnography tracing the online engagements of 44 high school students over a period of eighteen months, and supplemented with in-depth interviews conducted in their village communities, this study explores why social media networks emerge as ideological niches frequented by students to enact their participation as members of their respective religious communities. It suggests that in situation of experienced political polarization and discrimination, students use social media affordances to replicate their offline socio-political and religious engagements onto their virtual spaces and in the process reinforce their radical religious identities.

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social media ethnography, online religious silos, radical religiosity, adolescent studies, India, political polarization

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