• Negotiating agency: Amish and ultra-Orthodox women’s responses to the Internet

    Author(s):
    Rivka Neriya-Ben Shahar (see profile)
    Date:
    2016
    Group(s):
    Anthropology, Communication Studies, Gender Studies, Jewish Studies, Religious Studies
    Subject(s):
    Gender, Religion, Internet
    Item Type:
    Article
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6DJ9S
    Abstract:
    This study explores how women in two devout religious communities cope with the Internet and its apparent incompatibility with their communities’ values and practices. Questionnaires containing both closed and open-ended questions were completed by 82 participants, approximately half from each community. While their discourses included similar framings of danger and threat, the two groups manifested different patterns of Internet use (and nonuse). Rigorous adherence to religious dictates is greatly admired in these communities, and the women take pride in manipulating their status in them. Their agency is reflected in how they negotiate the tension inherent in their roles as both gatekeepers and agents-of-change, which are analyzed as valuable currencies in their cultural and religious markets.
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    Published
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    1 year ago
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