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Practicing Religion in the Age of the Media: Explorations in Media, Religion, and Culture [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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Overview

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.
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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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231505215
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 2/5/2002
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • File size: 10 MB

Meet the Author

Stewart M. Hoover is the author of Religion in the News: Faith and Journalism in American Public Discourse, among other books. He is professor of journalism and mass communication at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Lynn Schofield Clark is the author of From Angels to Aliens: Teens, the Media, and Beliefs in the Supernatural. She is assistant research professor at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Colorado at Boulder.


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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: The Cultural Construction of Religion in the Media Age 1
1 Overview: The "Protestantization" of Research into Media, Religion, and Culture 7
Pt. 1 Mediation in Popular Religious Practice 35
2 Protestant Visual Practice and American Mass Culture 37
3 Believing in Elvis: Popular Piety in Material Culture 63
Pt. 2 The Mediation of Religion in the Public Sphere 87
4 Public Art as Sacred Space: Asian American Community Murals in Los Angeles 91
5 All the World's a Stage: The Performed Religion of the Salvation Army, 1880-1920 113
6 "Turn It Off!": TV Criticism in the Christian Century Magazine, 1946-1960 138
Pt. 3 Religion Made Public Through the Media 163
7 Between Objectivity and Moral Vision: Catholics and Evangelicals in American Journalism 165
8 The Southern Baptist Controversy and the Press 188
Pt. 4 Implicit Religion and Mediated Public Ritual 201
9 Scapegoating and Deterrence: Criminal Justice Rituals in American Civil Religion 203
10 Ritual and the Media 219
Pt. 5 Explicit and Public Expression in New Media Contexts 235
11 Allah On-Line: The Practice of Global Islam in the Information Age 237
12 Internet Ritual: A Case Study of the Construction of Computer-Mediated Neopagan Religious Meaning 254
13 Religious Sensibilities in the Age of the Internet: Freethought Culture and the Historical Context of Communication Media 276
Pt. 6 Specific Religions and Specific Media in National and Ethnic Contexts 291
14 Religious Television in Sweden: Toward a More Balanced View of Its Reception 295
15 Religious to Ethnic-National Identities: Political Mobilization Through Jewish Images in the United States and Britain, 1881-1939 305
16 Between American Televangelism and African Anglicanism 328
17 "Speaking in Tongues, Writing in Vision": Orality and Literacy in Televangelistic Communications 345
Contributors 361
Index 367
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