Studying Change in Religious Organizations: A Discourse-Centered Framework

This article highlights the discourse-driven nature of contemporary processes of religious change. Drawing on the textually-oriented discourse theory and discourse analysis of Fairclough supplemented by additional perspectives from organizational discourse studies, the article outlines a discourse-c...

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Published in:Method & theory in the study of religion
Main Author: Moberg, Marcus 1978-
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
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Published: Brill [2020]
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In: Method & theory in the study of religion
Year: 2020, Volume: 32, Issue: 2, Pages: 89-114
Standardized Subjects / Keyword chains:B Religious organization / Religious change
Further subjects:B Discourse Analysis
B religious organizational change
B Religious Organizations
Online Access: Volltext (Verlag)
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Summary:This article highlights the discourse-driven nature of contemporary processes of religious change. Drawing on the textually-oriented discourse theory and discourse analysis of Fairclough supplemented by additional perspectives from organizational discourse studies, the article outlines a discourse-centered analytic framework for the empirical study of the changing discursive practices and modus operandi of contemporary religious organizations. The framework consists of four analytic factors, each of which highlight the role that discourse plays at various levels of processes of religious organizational change. The article demonstrates the application of the framework in actual practice in relation to empirical examples from five traditional Christian churches in three different national contexts, thus bringing the tangible effects of changing discursive practices on the operations and practices of religious organizations into clear focus.
ISSN:1570-0682
Contains:Enthalten in: Method & theory in the study of religion
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.1163/15700682-12341472