A Qualitative Analysis of the Jehovah's Witnesses: The Rhetoric, Reality and Religion in the Watchtower Society (Studies in American Religion v. 70)
By: Daniel Cronn-Mills (author)Hardback
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Jehovah's Witnesses are possibly one of the most persecuted Christian organizations in the 20th century. How the Witnesses shape their response to persecution is invariably associated with the social reality they construct in their rhetorical practices. This is a descriptive analysis and interpretation of the social reality constructed by the discourse of the Jehovah Witnesses, utilizing a qualitative-interpretive approach for exploration into a social reality. The purpose is to determine how the textual and contextual reality of Jehovah's Witnesses influences their lives and courses of action, how discursive practices are fundamental to their understanding of themselves and others.
Part 1 The problematic: introduction; social construction of reality; qualitative-interpretive perspective; qualitative data. Part 2 History, religion, and literature: the Witness' perspective; review of literature - Witness/ex-Witness and historical/doctrinal literature; social issues involving Jehovah's Witnesses; research on religion and language; religious-communication genres; research on Jehovah's Witnesses. Part 3 Description of the reality of Jehovah's Witnesses: description of Satan's world; description of Witness world; description of Jehovah's world. Part 4 Analysis of the reality of Jehovah's Witnesses: visual theme analysis; family theme analysis; foundation theme analysis. Part 5 Interpretation of Jehovah's Witness' reality: the splitting process; the bridging process; interpretation of Jehovah's Witness' social reality; crux of construction of reality.
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