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Rethinking Media, Religion, and Culture
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Rethinking Media, Religion, and Culture

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Volume: 23

February 1997 | 342 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
The growing connections between media, culture, and religion are increasingly evident in our society today but have rarely been linked theoretically until now. Beginning with the decline of religious institutions during the latter part of this century, Rethinking Media, Religion, and Culture focuses on issues such as the increasing autonomy and individualized practice of religion, the surge of media and media-based icons that are often imbued with religious qualities, and the ensuing effect on cultural practices. Editors Stewart M. Hoover and Knut Lundby examine each of these issues and the implications of major recent findings of religious, media, and cultural studies as they pertain to one another. In a primary effort, the leading class of contributors to this work effectively triangulate these three separate areas into a coherent whole. The book explores phenomena like rallies, rituals, and resistance as they are distinct expressions of religion often transmogrified into different mediated or cultural expressions. This collection should benefit the work of scholars and researchers in communication, media, cultural, and religious studies who seek a broader understanding of the two-sided relationships between religion and media, media and culture, and culture and religion.

 
PART ONE: ANALYSIS OF MEDIA, RELIGION, AND CULTURE
Stewart M Hoover and Knut Lundby
Introduction
Setting the Agenda

 
Lynn Schofield Clark and Stewart M Hoover
At the Intersection of Media, Culture, and Religion
A Bibliographical Essay

 
Robert A White
Religion and Media in the Construction of Cultures
Clifford G Christians
Technology and Triadic Theories of Mediation
 
PART TWO: MEDIA, RELIGION, AND CULTURE: CONTEMPORARY SOCIETY
Graham Murdock
The Re-Enchantment of the World
Religion and the Transformations of Modernity

 
Jesús Martín-Barbero
Mass Media as a Site of Resacralization of Contemporary Cultures
Gregor Goethals
Escape from Time
Ritual Dimensions of Popular Culture

 
Gabriel Bar-Haim
The Dispersed Sacred
Anomie and the Crisis of Ritual

 
Knut Lundby
The Web of Collective Representations
 
PART THREE: MEDIA, RELIGION, AND CULTURE: CHANGING INSTITUTIONS
Peter G Horsfield
Changes in Religion in Periods of Media Converegnce
Chris Arthur
Media, Meaning and Method in Religious Studies
Bobby C Alexander
Televangelism
Redressive Ritual within a Larger Social Drama

 
Keyan G Tomaselli and Arnold Shepperson
Resistance through Mediated Orality
 
PART FOUR: MEDIA, RELIGION, AND CULTURE: INDIVIDUAL PRACTICE
Janice A Peck
Psychologized Religion in a Mediated World
Claire Hoertz Badaracco
A Utopian on Main Street
Alf Linderman
Making Sense of Religion in Television
Stewart M Hoover
Media and the Construction of the Religious Public Sphere
Knut Lundby and Stewart M Hoover
Summary Remarks
Mediated Religion

 

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