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Social Ontology and the Rituals of Birth

Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720, USA
Workshop Hacking Societies, Habits and Rituals, Berkeley, CA, USA, 2–6 June 2019.
Proceedings 2020, 47(1), 66; https://doi.org/10.3390/proceedings47010066
Published: 11 May 2020
(This article belongs to the Proceedings of IS4SI 2019 Summit)
This paper investigates how new social ontologies emerge when individuals and social groups from around the world utilize technology to promote the use of religious, secular, and re-sacralized imagery in preparation for birth as a rite of passage. In particular, the paper looks at how these participants share religious and nonreligious imagery related to birth through websites, social media, multimedia exhibitions, and other formats, examining how the imagery is used to construct meaning around the topics of birth and ritual. This social ontology of birth shows how humans utilize technology to create new meaning related to the birthing body.
Keywords: ritual; birth; social ontology; imagery; artwork; meaning; technology; religion; nonreligion; sacred ritual; birth; social ontology; imagery; artwork; meaning; technology; religion; nonreligion; sacred
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Hennessey, A. Social Ontology and the Rituals of Birth. Proceedings 2020, 47, 66.

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