Practicing Religion in the Age of the Media: Explorations in Media, Religion, and Culture

Practicing Religion in the Age of the Media: Explorations in Media, Religion, and Culture

by Stewart M. Hoover
     
 

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Increasingly, the religious practices people engage in and the ways they talk about what is meaningful or sacred take place in the context of media culture—in the realm of the so-called secular.

Focusing on this intersection of the sacred and the secular, this volume gathers together the work of media experts, religious historians, sociologists of religion… See more details below

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Increasingly, the religious practices people engage in and the ways they talk about what is meaningful or sacred take place in the context of media culture—in the realm of the so-called secular.

Focusing on this intersection of the sacred and the secular, this volume gathers together the work of media experts, religious historians, sociologists of religion, and authorities on American studies and art history. Topics range from Islam on the Internet to the quasi-religious practices of Elvis fans, from the uses of popular culture by the Salvation Army in its early years to the uses of interactive media technologies at the Simon Wiesenthal Center's Beit Hashoah Museum of Tolerance. The issues that the essays address include the public/private divide, the distinctions between the sacred and profane, and how to distinguish between the practices that may be termed “religious” and those that may not.

Editorial Reviews

Journal of the American Academy of Religion - Gustav Niebuhr

It is diffucult to imagine that Hoover and Clark's collection will not work to inspire and encourage further research...The book should have considerable value to students of this field.

Journal of the American Academy of Religion
It is diffucult to imagine that Hoover and Clark's collection will not work to inspire and encourage further research...The book should have considerable value to students of this field.

— Gustav Niebuhr

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231505215
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
02/05/2002
Sold by:
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
304
File size:
9 MB

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Clifford G. Christians

This splendid book opens up a fascinating world where media culture and religious practice converge. Bourdieu's habitus becomes an exciting venue for the interactions of media and religion in everyday life. What a well-crafted volume this is, staking out as it does a new territory, with sophisticated thinking and eye-opening critique.

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