Worship, faith, and evangelism: Religion as an ideological lens for engineering worlds

Morgan G. Ames, Daniela K. Rosner, Ingrid Erickson

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14 Scopus citations

Abstract

While some in the CSCW community have researched the values in technology design and engineering practices, the underlying ideologies that reinforce and protect those values remain under-explored. This paper seeks to address this gap by identifying a common ideological framework that appears across four engineering endeavors: The OLPC Project, the National Day of Civic Hacking, the Fixit Clinic, and the Stanford d.school. We found that all four of these communities utilized elements of religious practice to affirm their membership and shared vision. We describe the forms of worship we saw in these engineering worlds, their practices of evangelism, and the ways in which they addressed doubt. We also demonstrate the role mythologies play as ideologically charged narratives. Our discussion of these parallels illuminates the extent and consequences of quasi-religious practices in engineering worlds and illustrates the utility of using religion as a 'lens' for understanding ideological commitments in engineering culture.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCSCW 2015 - Proceedings of the 2015 ACM International Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Pages69-81
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9781450329224
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 28 2015
Externally publishedYes
Event18th ACM International Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing, CSCW 2015 - BC, Canada
Duration: Mar 14 2015Mar 18 2015

Publication series

NameCSCW 2015 - Proceedings of the 2015 ACM International Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing

Other

Other18th ACM International Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing, CSCW 2015
CountryCanada
CityBC
Period3/14/153/18/15

Keywords

  • Design
  • Doubt
  • Engineering Worlds
  • Evangelism
  • Faith
  • Fixing
  • Hackathons
  • Ideological Work
  • Ideology
  • Mythology
  • OLPC
  • Practice
  • Quasi-Religious Behaviors
  • Religion
  • Values
  • Worship.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications

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    Ames, M. G., Rosner, D. K., & Erickson, I. (2015). Worship, faith, and evangelism: Religion as an ideological lens for engineering worlds. In CSCW 2015 - Proceedings of the 2015 ACM International Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (pp. 69-81). (CSCW 2015 - Proceedings of the 2015 ACM International Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing). Association for Computing Machinery, Inc. https://doi.org/10.1145/2675133.2675282