Exploring Religion and the Sacred in a Media Age

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2017-01-19
  • Publisher: Ashgate (AGH)

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In recent years, there has been growing awareness across a range of academic disciplines of the value of exploring issues of religion and the sacred in relation to cultures of everyday life. Exploring Religion and the Sacred in a Media Age offers inter-disciplinary perspectives drawing from theology, religious studies, media studies, cultural studies, film studies, sociology and anthropology. Combining theoretical frameworks for the analysis of religion, media and popular culture, with focused international case studies of particular texts, practices, communities and audiences, the authors examine topics such as media rituals, marketing strategies, empirical investigations of audience testimony, and the influence of religion on music, reality television and the internet.Both academically rigorous and of interest to a wider readership, this book offers a wide range of fascinating explorations at the cutting edge of many contemporary debates in sociology, religion and media, including chapters on the way evangelical groups in America have made use of The Da Vinci Code and on the influences of religion on British club culture and electronic dance music.

Table of Contents

Introduction: why study religion and popular culture?
The ethics of research in faith and culture: scholarships as fandom?
Media rituals: from Durkheim on religion to Jade Goody on religious toleration
Deepening relationships with material artefacts
Contesting martyrdom
Religionless in Seattle
Marketing God and Hell: strategies, tactics and textual poaching
The gospel of Tom (Hanks): American churches and The Da Vinci Code
From pulp fiction to revealed text: a study of the role of the text in the otherkin community
Seeing the self as other: televising religious experience
Possession trance ritual in electronic dance music culture: a popular ritual technology for reenchantment, addressing the crisis of the homeless self, and reinserting the individual into the community
Representation of religion in Pretty Village
A secular gospel for the marginal: the films of Stephen Chow as Hong Kong cinematic parables
What is `on': an exploration of iconographical representation of traditional religious organizations on the homepages of their websites
Researching theo(b)logy: emerging Christian communities and the internet
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