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Religion, Media, and the Public Sphere
     

Religion, Media, and the Public Sphere

by Birgit Meyer
 

"... one of those rare edited volumes that advances social thought
as it provides substantive religious and media ethnography that is good to think
with." -- Dale Eickelman, Dartmouth College

Increasingly,
Pentecostal, Buddhist, Muslim, Jewish, Hindu, and indigenous movements all over the
world make use of a great variety of modern mass media,

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"... one of those rare edited volumes that advances social thought
as it provides substantive religious and media ethnography that is good to think
with." -- Dale Eickelman, Dartmouth College

Increasingly,
Pentecostal, Buddhist, Muslim, Jewish, Hindu, and indigenous movements all over the
world make use of a great variety of modern mass media, both print and electronic.
Through religious booklets, radio broadcasts, cassette tapes, television talk-shows,
soap operas, and documentary film these movements address multiple publics and offer
alternative forms of belonging, often in competition with the postcolonial
nation-state. How have new practices of religious mediation transformed the public
sphere? How has the adoption of new media impinged on religious experiences and
notions of religious authority? Has neo-liberalism engendered a blurring of the
boundaries between religion and entertainment? The vivid essays in this
interdisciplinary volume combine rich empirical detail with theoretical reflection,
offering new perspectives on a variety of media, genres, and religions.

Editorial Reviews

American Anthropologist
... an important contribution to a flourishing ethnographic literature on the globalizing nexus of religion and media... Taken together, these chapters complexify and energize the 'public sphere' as Jurgen Habermas conceptualizes this realm, and also show mass mediation's close relationship to religious identity politics. ... Religion, Media, and the Public Sphere deepens the inquiry into the 'new politics of belonging'... that mass media facilitate in realms of faith making. As is apparent in the book's fine introduction... anthropology has much to gain by continuing its engagements along these lines.—American Anthropologist
From the Publisher
.".. an important contribution to a flourishing ethnographic literatureon the globalizing nexus of religion and media... Taken together, these chapterscomplexify and energize the 'public sphere' as Jurgen Habermas conceptualizes thisrealm, and also show mass mediation's close relationship to religious identitypolitics. ... Religion, Media, and the Public Sphere deepens the inquiry into the'new politics of belonging'... that mass media facilitate in realms of faith making.As is apparent in the book's fine introduction... anthropology has much to gain bycontinuing its engagements along these lines." — American Anthropologist

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780253111722
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Publication date:
12/01/2005
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
336
File size:
2 MB

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Meet the Author

Birgit Meyer is Professor of Cultural Anthropology at the Free
University, Amsterdam.

Annelies Moors holds the ISIM Chair at the
International Institute for the Study of Islam in the Modern World, University of
Amsterdam.

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