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Religion and Mass Media: Audiences and Adaptations

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How do religious audiences react to and use the media? How do institutional religious influences and expectations affect how they experience media news and entertainment?

Drawing on theory and empirical research, contributors to Religion and Mass Media explore these questions from Jewish, Roman Catholic, Evangelical, Protestant, Fundamentalist and Mormon audience perspectives. The book looks at recent theoretical developments in the sociology of religion and communication ...

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Overview

How do religious audiences react to and use the media? How do institutional religious influences and expectations affect how they experience media news and entertainment?

Drawing on theory and empirical research, contributors to Religion and Mass Media explore these questions from Jewish, Roman Catholic, Evangelical, Protestant, Fundamentalist and Mormon audience perspectives. The book looks at recent theoretical developments in the sociology of religion and communication theory; offers an overview of specific religious beliefs; examines audience behaviour; and describes specific case studies including the use of gospel rap and contemporary music in black religious communities.

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In an audience-centered, social-science framework, examines how people from a variety of Christian traditions experience media news and entertainment. Describes recent theoretical developments in the sociology of religion and communication theory; summarizes certain religious beliefs; analyzes the role of religion in audience behavior; reports on case studies including one on rap music; and projects changes in the information environment into the future. No index. Paper edition (unseen), $22.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803971738
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 3/21/1996
  • Pages: 304

Table of Contents

PART ONE: THE CURRENT STATUS OF RESEARCH ON RELIGION AND MASS MEDIA
Introduction - Daniel A Stout and Judith M Buddenbaum
Toward a Synthesis of Mass Communication Research and the Sociology of Religion
Religion and Mass Media Use - Judith M Buddenbaum and Daniel A Stout
A Review of the Mass Communication and Sociology Literature
PART TWO: RELIGIOUS BELIEFS AND MEDIA ORIENTATIONS: INSTITUTIONAL PERSPECTIVES
Catholicism, Conscience, and Censorship - Ted G Jelen
Mainline Protestants and the Media - Judith M Buddenbaum
Evangelicals' Uneasy Alliance with the Media - Quentin J Schultze
Fundamentalism and the Media, 1930-1990 - Margaret Lamberts Bendroth
Protecting the Family - Daniel A Stout
Mormon Teaching about Mass Media
PART THREE: THE ROLE OF RELIGIOSITY IN MASS MEDIA USE: COMPARATIVE STUDIES OF AUDIENCE BEHAVIOR
Religion, Mass Media and Tolerance for Civil Liberties - Tony Rimmer
The Role of Religion in Newspaper Trust, Subscribing and Use for Political Information - Judith M Buddenbaum
The Role of Religion in Public Attitudes toward Religion News - Judith M Buddenbaum and Stewart Hoover
The Passionate Audience - Thomas R Lindlof
Community Inscriptions of 'The Last Temptations of Christ'
PART FOUR: CASE STUDIES
Keeping the Faith - Sam G McFarland
The Roles of Selective Exposure and Avoidance in Maintaining Religious Beliefs
Diversity from Within - JoAnn Myer Valenti and Daniel A Stout
An Analysis of the Impact of Religious Culture on Media Use and Effective Communication to Women
Use of Mass Media for Political Information in a Middletown Quaker Meeting - Judith M Buddenbaum
How Mennonites Use Media in Everyday Life - Sharon Hartin Iorio
Preserving Identity in a Changing World
Rappin for the Lord - Cheryl Renee Gooch
The Uses of Gospel Rap and Contemporary Music in Black Religious Communities
Mormons, Mass Media, and the Interpretive Audience - Daniel A Stout, David Scott, and Dennis G Martin
PART FIVE: THE FUTURE: RELIGION AND THE CHANGING INFORMATION ENVIRONMENT
Religion and the Information Society - Jorge Reina Schement and Hester C Stephenson
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