Media and Ritual: Death, Community and Everyday Life

Media and Ritual: Death, Community and Everyday Life

by Johanna Sumiala


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This wide-ranging and accessible book offers a stimulating introduction to the field of media anthropology and the study of religious ritual. Johanna Sumiala explores the interweaving of rituals, communication and community. She uses the tools of anthropological enquiry to examine a variety of media events, including the death of Michael Jackson, a royal wedding and the transgressive actions which took place in Abu Ghraib, and to understand the inner significance of the media coverage of such events. The book deals with theories of ritual, media as ritual including reception, production and representation, and rituals of death in the media. It will be invaluable to students and scholars alike across media, religion and anthropology.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780415684330
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 09/26/2012
Series: Media, Religion and Culture
Pages: 152
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 9.19(h) x (d)

About the Author

Johanna Sumiala is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Research/Media and Communication Studies at the University of Helsinki, Finland.

Table of Contents

Preface. Prologue. Part One: Anthropology of Media 1. Theory and Clues 2. Media and Rituals Part Two: Mediatized Rituals 3. Three Perspectives on Mediatized Rituals 4. Death Rituals in a Media Age. Epilogue: Ritual, Media and Community. References.

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