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Overview

Seeking to explore the blurred boundary between religion and pop culture, God in the Details offers a provocative look at the breadth, diversity, and persistence of religious themes in contemporary American consciousness. Representing a diverse range of disciplines, the contributors criticaly assess the ways in which American popular culture reappropriates traditional religious symbols to serve the purposes of particular communities.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415925631
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/28/2000
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Eric Mazur is Assistant Professor of Religion at Bucknell University and author of The Americanization of Religious Minorities (1999). Kate McCarthy is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at California State University in Chico.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Finding Religion in American Popular Culture 1
Pt. 1 Popular Myth and Legend 17
Deliver Me from Nowhere: Bruce Springsteen and the Myth of the American Promised Land 23
Oprah, Phll, Geraldo, Barbara, and Things That Go Bump in the Night: Negotiating the Supernatural on American Television 47
A Fire in the Sky: "Apocalyptic" Themes on the Silver Screen 65
Selena - Prophet, Profit, Princess: Canonizing the Commodity 83
Pt. 2 Popular Ritual 103
Blood in the Barbecue?: Food and Faith in the American South 109
Symptomatic Expression of Male Neuroses: Collective Effervescence, Male Gender Performance, and the Ritual of Football 123
Dropping in for the Holidays: Christmas as Commercial Ritual at the Precious Moments Chapel 139
Desert Goddesses and Apocalyptic Art: Making Sacred Space at the Burning Man Festival 155
Pt. 3 Popular Spirituality and Morality 177
Cathy on Slenderness, Suffering, and Soul 181
God in the Box: Religion in Contemporary Television Cop Shows 199
Our Ladies of the Airwaves: Judge Judy, Dr. Laura, and the New Public Confessional 217
Homer the Heretic and Charlie Church: Parody, Piety, and Pluralism in The Simpsons 231
Pt. 4 Popular "Churches" 249
The Thin Line between Saturday Night and Sunday Morning: Meaning and Community among Jimmy Buffett's Parrotheads 253
Building Community Word by Word: Religion in the Virtual World 267
Rap Music, Hip-Hop Culture, and "The Future Religion of the World" 281
The Happiest Place on Earth: Disney's America and the Commodification of Religion 299
Contributors 317
Index 321
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