Mobile Social Networking Role in Reconstruction and the Formation of Cultural Identity - Religion of Members

Younes Forouzan, Mohammad Hadi Homayoun, Seyyed Mohammad Mahdi Zadeh, Mahmoud Shahabi


The main objective of this study was to determine the role of mobile social networks in the reconstruction and development of cultural-religious identity of users. The methodology of “grounded theory” has been chosen for this purpose. The present data was collected from 31 semi-structured interviews with active users of mobile social network and using open coding, axial and selective, was analyzed using a grounded theory approach. General classes identified in this study include characteristics of “indifference, lack of logical thinking, extremes of knowledge, lack of religious knowledge, divine insight, truth, belief de-religious, anti-religious beliefs injection; negative rating; a lack of belief hereafter, induction material retardation, mental confusion, impiety, overconfidence, religious communication, sincerity, personal management, family relationships instability; promoting anti-religious ethics, lack of pragmatism; lack of religious knowledge; the practice of religious orders, and to strengthen religious beliefs; sloth in the guise of religion; oversimplification religious orders, illegality, confusion, social system, education and government control, the destruction of social identity, crisis of identity (identity divergence); convergence of identity, cultural transformation “is, and also identify the central idea in this study that yielded the most stressed in the comments, “the transformation of cultural identity - religion.” Each of these dimensions in five “categories,” each with a specific role and status were classified as follows: (1) The effective variables, (2) variables underlying, (3) strategies, (4) performance and results, (5) reconstruction of religious and cultural identity formation. The outcome of this study was to develop “cultural-religious identity formation and regeneration of mobile social network users” is expected to improve its understanding of cultural-religious orientation efficient and effective.

Keywords: Social Networks, Identity, Culture, Religion, Society

JEL Classifications: L1, M14, Z12

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