Sex, Religion, Media / Edition 320

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Overview

Each chapter in this unique volume explores intersections of sex, religion, and media in our society. An interdisciplinary cast of contributors examines a wide variety of themes, including entertainment producers' roles in disseminating sexual and religious content; news coverage of stories about sex and religion; religious conservatives' efforts to influence media coverage of sex and 'values;' and how religious consumers are influenced by and react to sexual content in media.
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Editorial Reviews

Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly
A rich collection that does much to lay out the range of work in the field. Claussen demonstrates a keen sense for the issues in this collection that includes a broad cross-section of method, theory, and writing style. . . . Well-structured, engaging, entertaining, and thought-provoking. It would serve [as] a substantive reader on the topic for an academic audience or as a text for senior/graduate level students in an appropriate course.
Archives Of Sexual Behavior
This edited volume provides several snapshot views of sexuality and religious content in the media, and locates them within a historical context of how American religious organizations and media entities have interacted with each other in the 20th century. Data sources tapped by its authors range from interviews with individuals to empirical surveys to content analysis of news, magazines, films, and music videos. This book is a fascinating read for anyone who seeks to understand sexuality in a cultural context, and it treats organized religion as a definite part of that context.
Journal Of Media and Religion
Sex, religion, and the media are ubiquitous. But in the past, each has been studied individually. Therefore, a book such as this one that examines sex, religion, and the media together is a valuable contribution to the literature.
Allen Podet
A superb integration. [This] book is an unsurpassed reference source for sociology of religion. I will begin using it immediately in religious studies classes and in religion in media classes.
Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly
A rich collection that does much to lay out the range of work in the field. Claussen demonstrates a keen sense for the issues in this collection that includes a broad cross-section of method, theory, and writing style. . . . Well-structured, engaging, entertaining, and thought-provoking. It would serve [as] a substantive reader on the topic for an academic audience or as a text for senior/graduate level students in an appropriate course.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742515581
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/28/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 320
  • Pages: 314
  • Product dimensions: 0.66 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 6.14 (d)

Meet the Author

Dane S. Claussen is associate professor and graduate program director in the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication at Point Park College.
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Introduction
Pt. I The Engagement and Avoidance of Sex and Religion in Media Production
1 Bernarr Macfadden's Physical Culture: Marketing Health by Selling Bodies, Health, and Morals 3
2 The Whore of Babylon, Suggestibility, and the Art of Sexless Sex in Cecil B. DeMille's Samson and Delilah (1949) 21
3 Religious and Sexual Images in Rock Videos: A Second-by-Second Analysis 33
4 The Muddled Middle: Protestantism's Encounter with Homosexuality since the 1960s 43
5 A Broken Trust: Canadian Priests, Brothers, Pedophilia, and the Media 65
6 The Silence of the Jewish Media on Sexual Abuse in the Orthodox Jewish Community 79
Pt. II Media Content, Conservatives, Sex, and the "Liberal Establishment"
7 "I didn't need to see the tattooed lady takin' it off': Evangelicals and Representations of Sexuality in Contemporary Film 91
8 Responses to Television from the New Christian Right: The Donald Wildmon Organizations' Fight against Sexual Content 101
9 Magazine Coverage of the Man the Networks Love to Hate 115
10 Morality Politics Associated with Abstinence-Only Sex Education Sought as a Remedy to Welfare Dependency 123
Pt. III Media Content, Liberals, Sex, and the "Conservative Establishment"
11 The Organ in the Sanctuary: Silent Film and Paradigmatic Images of the Suspect Clergy 139
12 Cult Sex: The Mass Media Reporting of Sexual Issues Surrounding New Religious Movements 153
13 Issue Culture Analysis and the Gay/Lesbian Religious Controversy 171
14 The Word on Sex: Biblical Interpretation on the Web and Constructed Realities 183
15 Between Law and Love: Christianity, Politics, and Sexual Citizenship 197
Pt. IV Media Agenda-Setting and Cultivation of Religion and Sex
16 The Disenchantment of Modern Sexuality: Packaged by Media into Weber's "Iron Cage" 217
17 Family, Peers, Religiosity, Electronic Media, and the Risk of Adolescent Sexual Activity 235
18 Media Cultivation and Perceptions of Sexual Morality in Church of Christ Adolescents 253
19 "Oh God, My Kid Is Gay!": The Effects of Religious Belief and Media Consumption on Parental Ability to Accept a Lesbian, Gay, or Bisexual Child 265
Conclusion
Dane S. Claussen 271
Index 283
About the Editor and Contributors 293
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