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Media, religion, and culture : an introduction

Author: Jeffrey H Mahan
Publisher: London ; New York : Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2014.
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Religion has always been shaped by the media of its time, and today we live in a media culture that informs much of what we think and how we behave. Religious believers, communities and institutions use media as tools to communicate, but also as locations where they construct and express identity, practice religion, and build community. This lively book offers a comprehensive introduction to the contemporary field  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Ebook version
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jeffrey H Mahan
ISBN: 9780415683180 0415683181 9780415683203 0415683203 1315777061 9781315777061
OCLC Number: 854611061
Description: xvii, 159 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Foreword / Stewarpt. 1 Religious identity in media cultures --
1. Relating media, religion, and culture --
Consuming Oprah's products, consuming Oprah's spirit / Kathryn Lofton --
Telegraphing as spirit / Jeremy Stolow --
2. Making and articulating religious identity --
When gods fall (off their bike) / Pete Ward --
Digital storytelling and narratives of identity: Abel's story / Lynn Schofield Clark --
3. Believing and practicing in a digital world --
Mom blogs and the religion of everyday life / Deborah Whitehead --
Online puja and puja online: believing and practicing in a digital world / Grace Chiou --
pt. 2 Religion in the midst of change --
4. Old and new media --
Gaming the end times / Rachel Wagner --
Codex to Kindle / Michael Hemenway --
5. Stability and change --
Altmuslim: media spaces for a modern Muslim voice / Nabil Echchaibi --
Religious tracts in the eighteenth century / David Morgan --
6.Organized religion in the age of digital media --
Wicca and religious freedom networking in the digital age / Sarah M. Pike --
Advertising that "I'm a Mormon" / Benjamin Thevenin --
pt. 3 Ethics and esthetics --
7. To censor, shape, or engage with media and the arts? --
Koshering the cell phone / Heidi A. Campbell --
Muslim monsters / Sophia Shafi --
8. Reading, listening, watching --
Creating mythology through cinematography / S. Brent Plate --
Katy Perry's Firework / Dan Clanton --
9. Case studies.
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Religion has always been shaped by the media of its time, and today we live in a media culture that informs much of what we think and how we behave. Religious believers, communities and institutions use media as tools to communicate, but also as locations where they construct and express identity, practice religion, and build community. This lively book offers a comprehensive introduction to the contemporary field of religion, media, and culture. It explores: •the religious content of media texts and the reception of those texts by religious consumers who appropriate and reuse them in their own religious work; •how new forms of media provide fresh locations within which new religious voices emerge, people reimagine the "task" of religion, and develop and perform religious identity. Jeffrey H. Mahan includes case study examples from both established and new religions and each chapter is followed by insightful reflections from leading scholars in the field. Illustrated throughout, the book also contains a glossary of key terms, discussion questions, and suggestions for further reading.

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