Seeing Through the Media: A Religious View of Communications and Cultural Analysis / Edition 1

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Overview

As daily we ingest countless mini-narratives (printed advertisements, television commercials and programs, movies, full-color images, and the like), we are often unaware that, at the same time, we are absorbing imaginative proposals of what life is all about. These proposals need to be thought about and not just swallowed, and Michael Warren here offers a way of thinking about them and about what they mean. He provides a method of being able to pay attention to what we see and how we see, what we can accept and what we cannot.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781563382116
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 11/1/1997
  • Edition description: 1 PBK ED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
1 The Problem of Popular Culture 7
How I Came to Write This Book 7
Cultural Action/Cultural Agency 14
Problems for Religious Traditions 20
Religion as a Culture 21
The Religious Culture as a Culture of Resistance 23
Religious Vision and Life Structure 27
Images and Life Structure 30
2 What Is Culture? 36
Understanding Culture 38
Culture in Historical Perspective 40
The Contribution of Marx 44
Culture as a Signifying System 46
Religion and Culture: The New Situation 48
The Religious Critique of Culture: The Church as an Example 51
Appreciating the Wider Culture 54
3 Cultural Reproduction among the Young 62
Schools and the Selective Tradition 66
Culture and the Structure of Feeling 69
4 Cultural Production as an Avenue to Cultural Analysis 80
Marx and the Subsequent Ignoring of Cultural Production 82
Language as the Seminal "Product" in Cultural Production 86
Rescuing Production from Determinism 87
Critical Demystification 91
Examining Cultural Products at Points of Consumption and Production 94
The Production of "Popular" Music and Toys 97
Frame Analysis of "Young Turks" 100
Analysis of Production and Consumption: Children's Toys 106
Full Participation in the Production of Religious Meaning: A Roman Catholic Example 111
Questions to Foster Cultural Analysis 116
5 A Theory of Images in Cultural Systems 122
Iconic Images 123
Iconic Images and Mimesis 128
The Significance of Iconic Images 135
Critiquing or Contesting Images: Single-frame Images 140
Critiquing or Contesting Narrative Images 143
6 Metaphoric Images as Signifiers 152
Understanding Metaphoric Images 152
Comprehensive Metaphors 154
Cultural Action and Metaphoric Images 155
Learning to Contest Single Metaphors and Analogies 159
Inappropriate Metaphors: Some Examples 161
7 Hegemony and the Possibilities of Contestation 169
Baudrillard's World of Simulation 171
The Culture of Surface: Corroboration of Baudrillard's Position 176
Raymond William's Description of Hegemony 182
The Capacity for Cultural Transcendence: Criticism of Culture 188
Another Look at the Religious Question 190
Bibliography 197
Index 207
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