How does the performativity within Christian ritual impact the way Christian millennials share their faith?
AbstractIt is widely acknowledged that the sharing of personal faith is central to the Christian belief system and to the individual’s way of life. This includes Christian millennials. By recognising performativity exists within most if not all actions, it can be used as a lens to analyse and understand how pre-existing Christian rituals influence how millennials share their faith in today’s society. This dissertation uses Richard Schechner’s (1934-) theories on performance, specifically his concept of restoration of behaviour, as a suggestion of how ritualistic behaviour is passed down from generation to generation, and even from and to our peers. He also offers rationale to locate performance within the everyday supporting its existence and furthermore using it as a tool of analysis, notably within structure. Victor Turner’s (1920-1883) thoughts on rituals being performative, further the understanding of how these behaviours are presented and the state of being liminal is important to the transformative nature of developing a Christian faith. Erving Goffman (1922-1982) also offers useful insight into the identification of performance motivation, which can be used to understand the individual and why they behave and follow the way they do. Through theoretical analysis of these theories, along with ethnographic research into the youth evangelistic organisation Young Life International, the identification of performativity existing throughout Christian culture ultimately reveals its importance as an unconscious and conscious method of sharing Jesus Christ with all.
Anonymous, (2017) How does the performativity within Christian ritual impact the way Christian millennials share their faith? Other thesis, Queen Margaret University.