Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1080/1369118X.2011.579139
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dc.titleCultivating online and offline pathways to enlightenment: Religious authority and strategic arbitration in wired Buddhist organization
dc.contributor.authorCheong, P.H.
dc.contributor.authorHuang, S.
dc.contributor.authorPoon, J.P.H.
dc.date.accessioned2014-04-02T08:18:09Z
dc.date.available2014-04-02T08:18:09Z
dc.date.issued2011-12
dc.identifier.citationCheong, P.H., Huang, S., Poon, J.P.H. (2011-12). Cultivating online and offline pathways to enlightenment: Religious authority and strategic arbitration in wired Buddhist organization. Information Communication and Society 14 (8) : 1160-1180. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1080/1369118X.2011.579139
dc.identifier.issn1369118X
dc.identifier.urihttp://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/49736
dc.description.abstractIn light of expanding epistemic resources online, the mediatization of religion poses questions about the possible changes, decline and reconstruction of clergy authority. Distinct from virtual Buddhism or cybersangha research which relies primarily on online observational data, this paper examines Buddhist clergy communication within the context of established religious organizations with an integrationist perspective on interpersonal communication and new and old media connections. Drawing on in-depth interviews with Buddhist leaders in Singapore, this paper illustrates ways in which priests are expanding their communicative competency, which we label 'strategic arbitration' to maintain their authority by restructuring multimodal representations and communicative influence. This study expands upon previous research by Cheong et al. (in press, Journal of Communication) and finds that constituting Buddhist religious epistemic authority in wired organizational contexts rests on coordinating online-offline communicative acts. Such concatenative coordination involves normalizing the aforementioned modality of authority through interpersonal acts that positively influences epistemic dependence. Communicative acts that privilege face-to-face mentoring and corporeal rituals are optimized in the presence of monks within perceived sacred spaces in temple grounds, thereby enabling clergy to perform ultimate arbitration. However, Buddhist leaders also increase bargaining power when heightened web presence and branding practices are enacted. The paper concludes with limitations and recommendations for future research in religious authority. © 2011 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.
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dc.sourceScopus
dc.subjectauthority
dc.subjectBuddhism
dc.subjectcommunication studies
dc.subjectcyberculture
dc.subjectreligion online
dc.subjectstrategic arbitration
dc.typeArticle
dc.contributor.departmentGEOGRAPHY
dc.description.doi10.1080/1369118X.2011.579139
dc.description.sourcetitleInformation Communication and Society
dc.description.volume14
dc.description.issue8
dc.description.page1160-1180
dc.identifier.isiut000299820800005
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