In New Age communities, social media can be used to claim or defend one’s own spiritual entitlement or to contest the one of a dialogue partner. We define ”spiritual entitlement” as the right to teach or counsel others on the basis of self-defined indices of being the receptor of insights from a metaphysical source. We will use discourse and conversation analysis to show how dialogue partners negotiate their respective spiritual entitlement in social media exchanges. Our analyses will show that the dialogue administers an intricate two-stringed discourse of simultaneously negotiating one’s entitlement and affirming mutual appreciation.
Religious Community and Socialization
Paper Presentation in a Themed Session
Alexandra Regina Kratschmer
Associate Professor, Communication and Culture, Aarhus University
I am a linguist and my areas of research are textual and discourse analysis, lexical and textual semantics, sign theory, foreign language learning, and human language evolution.