God in the Details: American Religion in Popular Culture

God in the Details: American Religion in Popular Culture

by Eric Michael Mazur
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415925630

ISBN-13: 9780415925631

Pub. Date: 11/28/2000

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

God in the Details offers a provocative look at the breadth, diversity, and persistence of religious themes in contemporary American consciousness. Throughout the book, the contributors critically assess the ways in which American popular culture reappropriates traditional religious symbols to serve the purposes of particular communities.  See more details below

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God in the Details offers a provocative look at the breadth, diversity, and persistence of religious themes in contemporary American consciousness. Throughout the book, the contributors critically assess the ways in which American popular culture reappropriates traditional religious symbols to serve the purposes of particular communities.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415925631
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
11/28/2000
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Finding Religion in American Popular Culture1
Pt. 1Popular Myth and Legend17
Deliver Me from Nowhere: Bruce Springsteen and the Myth of the American Promised Land23
Oprah, Phll, Geraldo, Barbara, and Things That Go Bump in the Night: Negotiating the Supernatural on American Television47
A Fire in the Sky: "Apocalyptic" Themes on the Silver Screen65
Selena - Prophet, Profit, Princess: Canonizing the Commodity83
Pt. 2Popular Ritual103
Blood in the Barbecue?: Food and Faith in the American South109
Symptomatic Expression of Male Neuroses: Collective Effervescence, Male Gender Performance, and the Ritual of Football123
Dropping in for the Holidays: Christmas as Commercial Ritual at the Precious Moments Chapel139
Desert Goddesses and Apocalyptic Art: Making Sacred Space at the Burning Man Festival155
Pt. 3Popular Spirituality and Morality177
Cathy on Slenderness, Suffering, and Soul181
God in the Box: Religion in Contemporary Television Cop Shows199
Our Ladies of the Airwaves: Judge Judy, Dr. Laura, and the New Public Confessional217
Homer the Heretic and Charlie Church: Parody, Piety, and Pluralism in The Simpsons231
Pt. 4Popular "Churches"249
The Thin Line between Saturday Night and Sunday Morning: Meaning and Community among Jimmy Buffett's Parrotheads253
Building Community Word by Word: Religion in the Virtual World267
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 Religion299
Contributors317
Index321

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