Oren Golan

Oren Golan
University of Haifa | haifa · Faculty of Education

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The promulgation of new media has generated substantial dilemmas for religious communities in terms of its use, implementation, and impact on youth’s socialization. Previous research has echoed religious authorities’ concern regarding the widespread integration of new media yet has done little to delineate their narratives of legitimation. Ergo, th...
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Top-leaders continuously struggle to cultivate their image and duly face a challenge in fulfilling their role: establishing authority among their senior followers, while maintaining productive social distance to enhance charismatic appeal. Considering this challenge, rather than focusing on leader-follower relationship, this study critically spotli...
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Scholars longing to make sense of contemporary Jewish ultra-Orthodox undercurrents and subversive reticent subgroups' lifestyles should look into Ayala Faders' Hidden Heretics. In her latest, masterfully written book (which follows her 2009, highly acclaimed, Mitzva Girls), Fader looks into a secretive religious variant that has emerged in the ultr...
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While calls for more inclusive science communication have primarily focused on race, gender and disability, this conversation draws our attention to science communication among religious minorities. Drawing on the case study of Haredi Jews in Israel, the goal of this webinar is to explore the range of challenges science communication poses for reli...
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In recent years, media theorists stress macroscopic relations between digital communications and religion, through the framing of mediatization theory. In these discussions, media is conceptualized as a social institution, which influences religious establishments and discourse. Mediatization scholars have emphasized the transmission of meanings an...
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In the past two decades, information and communication technologies (ICTs) have been deeply instilled into contemporary life. While domestication theory has focused on ICTs integration into modern families, its absorption into religious and bounded communities begs further scrutiny. While offering meaningful gains and opportunities, ICTs raise conc...
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With the advent of new media, knowledge has been made accessible on an unprecedented global scale. Given information’s ubiquity, questions arise regarding not only how we understand what knowledge is, but also what the responsibilities are for the society that participates in its production. Charting recent educational and social scientific efforts...
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The use of social media in the Arab world has drawn an increasing amount of scholarly attention. Research addressing ‘Arab Spring’ upheavals and Islamic military movements has demonstrated grassroots level and often spontaneous uses of social media platforms. However, little attention has been paid to political apps as an emergent means of communic...
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Recent research highlights the growth of alternative religious leadership on a global scale. In response, social media have emerged as platforms to compete for religious primacy. Accordingly, the study asks how is online religious authority constructed, re-affirmed and implemented by religious organizations? We contend that through online means, re...
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In recent decades, social networking sites (SNSs) have revolutionized transnational immigrant social networks channels. SNSs have become a source for engagement within these migrant communities and facilitate a fervent discourse on their perceptions and overall engagement with host societies. In this study, we aim to examine this discourse as they...
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New media journalism has perturbed traditional reporting not only in mainstream-modern societies but also within religious-cum-insular communities. Focusing on the Jewish ultra-Orthodox community in Israel and in light of web journalists’ continuous struggle with leading clergy and an apprehensive public, this study grapples with the question, ‘How...
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This study questions how religious webmasters view the objectives of their webcasting in relation to pilgrimage. Findings uncovered four facets: (1) mediation of the holy sites and experience; (2) bonding between Holy Land communities and global believers; (3) cultivating agents; (4) media experiences as a pilgrimage surrogate. Drawing on Walter Be...
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Social networking sites (SNSs) have restructured the ways that workers reflect on their occupational identity and work to elevate its prestige and social status. In this study, we investigate Facebook activities of Filipino temporary migrant workers employed as caregivers in Israel and instead of cultural or leisure communal and SNS activities, thi...
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From the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem to the Kaaba of Mecca, many religious sites are webcasting in live-streaming. This study inquires how religious institutions act to shape users’ worldviews and negotiate meanings via live-streaming-mediated communication. Ethnographic fieldwork accompanied a case study of 25 in-depth interviews of the Canção Nova...
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File-sharing collectives have significantly disrupted models of digital media distribution since their emergence and widespread popularization in the late 1990s. This study investigates how semi-anonymous and decentralized collectives construct their communities of practice. Conducting a case study of a private torrenting community, data were gathe...
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This study centers on the relation between militaries, violence, and publicly available digital images. Military websites can be characterized as forms of representation of national institutions comparable to the sites of any large organization. However, the way these websites publicly frame and explain the military’s use of organized violence has...
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Religious communities have ongoing concerns about Internet use, as it intensifies the clash between tradition and modernity, a clash often found in traditionally inclined societies. Nevertheless, as websites become more useful and widely accessible, religious and communal stakeholders have continuously worked at building and promoting them. This st...
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This study investigates how webmasters of sites affiliated with bounded communities manage tensions created by the open social affordances of the internet. We examine how webmasters strategically manage their respective websites to accommodate their assumed target audiences. Through in-depth interviews with Orthodox webmasters in Israel, we uncover...
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This article examines the motivation behind bounded groups’ creation of digital enclaves online. Through in-depth interviews with 19 webmasters and staff of selected Israeli Orthodox websites three critical areas of negotiation are explored: (1) social control; (2) sources of authority; and (3) community boundaries. Examining these tensions illumin...
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Re-constructing religious boundaries online: the emergence of the denominational jewish internet In the past decade, numerous segregated communities have increasingly joined the Internet not only as individuals, but as groups and communities creating ‘denominational websites’that cater to a specific religious variant in their creed, services offere...
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The Internet has been highly acclaimed for its innovation, financial and cultural benefits; however, a major obstacle to its expansion lies in the question of trust relations. This paper focuses on trust-building over the Internet among Israeli youth and how youth constructs trust over the Internet. The study is based on 38 in-depth interviews with...
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מאמר זה דן בהבניה של סמלים ושל פרקטיקות חדשות של נעורים ברשת. ניתוח סמיוטי של סמלים ודפוסי שיח בין בני נוער באינטרנט מעיד על אופן יצירתן של קבוצות שייכות, הבניית יחסים וביטויים של תרבויות נוער ברשת. המחקר כולל ראיונות עומק עם 38 בני נוער ותצפיות בארבע קבוצות דיון ברשת. המאמר בוחן לקסיקון חדש של בני נוער המורכב משלושה אמצעים מרכזיים ליצירת יחסים, מש...
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In spite of obstacles to trust-building over the Internet, as well as continuous warnings on the part of educators, parents and social movements about the dangers of unsupervised web surfing by children and adolescents, an avid culture of youth has emerged over the Internet and created spaces for trust-building. This paper aims to display the key i...

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