Religion In The Media Age / Edition 10

Religion In The Media Age / Edition 10

by Stewart M. Hoover
     
 

Looking at the everyday interaction of religion and media in our cultural lives, Hoover’s new book is a fascinating assessment of the state of modern religion.

Recent years have produced a marked turn away from institutionalized religions towards more autonomous, individual forms of the search for spiritual meaning. Film, television, the music industry and

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Overview

Looking at the everyday interaction of religion and media in our cultural lives, Hoover’s new book is a fascinating assessment of the state of modern religion.

Recent years have produced a marked turn away from institutionalized religions towards more autonomous, individual forms of the search for spiritual meaning. Film, television, the music industry and the internet are central to this process, cutting through the monolithic assertions of world religions and giving access to more diverse and fragmented ideals.

While the sheer volume and variety of information travelling through global media changes modes of religious thought and commitment, the human desire for spirituality also invigorates popular culture itself, recreating commodities – film blockbusters, world'sport and popular music – as contexts for religious meanings.

Drawing on research into household media consumption, Hoover charts the way in which media and religion intermingle and collide in the cultural experience of media audiences.

Religion in the Media Age is essential reading for everyone interested in how today mass media relates to contemporary religious and spiritual life.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415314237
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
04/26/2006
Series:
Media, Religion and Culture Series
Edition description:
ANN
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.73(d)

Table of Contents

1What this book could be about7
2From medium to meaning : the evolution of theories about media, religion, and culture26
3Media and religion in transition45
4Articulating life and culture in the media age : plausible narratives of the self84
5Reception of religion and media113
6Cultural objects and religious identity among born-agains and mainstream believers147
7Cultural objects and religious identity among metaphysical believers, dogmatists, and secularists176
8Representing outcomes205
9Media and public religious culture post-09/11/01 and post-11/2/04233
10Conclusion : what is produced?264

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