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Religion and Media
     

Religion and Media

by Hent de Vries, Samuel Weber
 

ISBN-10: 0804734976

ISBN-13: 9780804734974

Pub. Date: 09/28/2002

Publisher: Stanford University Press

The latter part of the twentieth century saw an explosion of new media that effected profound changes in human categories of communication. At the same time, a "return to religion" occurred on a global scale. The twenty-five contributors to this volume—who include such influential thinkers as Jacques Derrida, Jean-Luc Nancy, Talal Asad, and James

Overview

The latter part of the twentieth century saw an explosion of new media that effected profound changes in human categories of communication. At the same time, a "return to religion" occurred on a global scale. The twenty-five contributors to this volume—who include such influential thinkers as Jacques Derrida, Jean-Luc Nancy, Talal Asad, and James Siegel—confront the conceptual, analytical, and empirical difficulties involved in addressing the complex relationship between religion and media.

The book's introductory section offers a prolegomenon to the multiple problems raised by an interdisciplinary approach to these multifaceted phenomena. The essays in the following part provide exemplary approaches to the historical and systematic background to the study of religion and media, ranging from the biblical prohibition of images and its modern counterparts, through theological discussion of imagery in Ignatius and Luther, to recent investigations into icons and images that "think" in Jean-Luc Marion and Gilles Deleuze. The third part presents case studies by anthropologists and scholars of comparative religion who deal with religion and media in Indonesia, India, Japan, South Africa, Venezuela, Iran, Poland, Turkey, present-day Germany, and Australia.

The book concludes with two remarkable documents: a chapter from Theodor W. Adorno's study of the relationship between religion and media in the context of political agitation (The Psychological Technique of Martin Luther Thomas' Radio Addresses) and a section from Niklas Luhmann's monumental Die Gesellschaft der Gesellschaft (Society as a Social System).

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804734974
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
Publication date:
09/28/2002
Series:
Cultural Memory in the Present Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
672
Sales rank:
1,329,273
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.50(d)

Table of Contents

Contributorsxiii
Part I.Introducing the Concepts
In Media Res: Global Religion, Public Spheres, and the Task of Contemporary Comparative Religious Studies3
Religion, Repetition, Media43
"Above All, No Journalists!"56
Theory on TV: "After-Thoughts"94
The Deconstruction of Christianity112
Reading a Modern Classic: W. C. Smith's The Meaning and End of Religion131
Part II.Seeing and Believing: Historical and Philosophical Considerations
Mimesis and the Ban on Graven Images151
In the Workshop of Equivalences: Translation, Institutions, and Media in the Jesuit Re-Formation of China163
Images of Iron: Ignatius of Loyola and Joyce182
Luther with McLuhan198
Tele-vision: Between Blind Trust and Perceptual Faith216
"The Catholicism of Cinema": Gilles Deleuze on Image and Belief227
Mission Impossible: Postcards, Pictures, and Parasites241
Part III.Local Rites, Global Media: Critical and Anthropological Approaches
Kiblat and the Mediatic Jew271
The Cassowary Will (Not) Be Photographed: The "Primitive," the "Japanese," and the Elusive "Sacred" (Aru, Southeast Moluccas)304
A Remaking of Hinduism?: or, Taking the Mickey Out of Valmiki320
Mirror Image: Layered Narratives in Photographic and Televised Mediations of Ise's Shikinen Sengu339
Reconciliation Without Justice376
Channel-Surfing: Media, Mediumship, and State Authority in the Maria Lionza Possession Cult (Venezuela)388
Production of Fundamentalism: On the Dynamics of Producing the Radically Different435
Filmic Judgment and Cultural Critique: The Work of Art, Ethics, and Religion in Iranian Cinema456
The Aboriginal Medium: Negotiating the Caesura of Exchange487
Before the Law: Reading the Yuendumu Doors with Eric Michaels514
Part IV.Two Documents
The Religious Medium531
Morality and the Secrets of Religion555
Notes569

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