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Increasingly, the religious practices people engage in and the ways they talk about what is meaningful or sacred take place in the context of media culturein the realm of the so-called secular.
Focusing on this intersection of the sacred and the secular, this volume gathers together the work of media experts, religious historians, sociologists of religion, and authorities on American studies and art history. Topics range from Islam on the Internet to the quasi-religious practices of Elvis fans, from the uses of popular culture by the Salvation Army in its early years to the uses of interactive media technologies at the Simon Wiesenthal Center's Beit Hashoah Museum of Tolerance. The issues that the essays address include the public/private divide, the distinctions between the sacred and profane, and how to distinguish between the practices that may be termed "religious" and those that may not.
|Publisher:||Columbia University Press|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
Table of Contents
Introduction: The Cultural Construction of Religion in the Media Age, by Stewart M. Hoover
1. Overview: The "Protestantization" of research into Media, Religion, and Culture, by Lynn Schofield Clark
Part 1. Mediation in Popular Religious Practice
2. Protestant Visual Practice and American Mass Culture, by David Morgan
3. Believing in Elvis: Popular Piety in Material Culture, by Erika Doss
Part 2. The Mediation of Religion in the Public Sphere
4. Public Art as Sacred Space: Asian American Community Murals In Los Angeles, by J. Shawn Landres
5. All the World's a Stage: The Performed Religion of the Salvation Army, 1880-1920, by Diane Winston
6. "Turn It Off!": TV Criticism in theChristian Century Magazine, 1946-1960, by Michele Rosenthal
Part 3. Religion Made Public Through the Media
7. Between Objectivity and Moral Vision: Catholics and Evangelicals in American Journalism, by John Schmalzbauer
8. The Southern Baptist Controversy and the Press, by Mark G. Borchert
Part 4. Implicit Religion and Mediated Public Ritual
9. Scapegoating and Deterrence: Criminal Justice Rituals in American Civil Religion, by Carolyn Marvin
10. Ritual and the Media, by Ronald L. Grimes
Part 5. Explicit and Public Expression in New Media Contexts
11. Allah On-Line: The Practice of Global Islam in the Information Age, by Bruce B. Lawrence
12. Internet Ritual: A Case Study of the Construction of Computer-Mediated Neopagan Religious Meaning, by Jan Fernback
13. Religious Sensibilities in the Age of the Internet: Freethought Culture and the Historical Context of Communication Media, by David Nash
Part 6. Specific Religions and Specific Media in National and Ethnic Contexts
14. Religious Television in Sweden: Toward a More Balanced View of Its Reception, by Alf Linderman
15. Religious to Ethnic-National Identities: Political Mobilization Through Jewish Images in the United States and Britain, 1881-1939, by Michael Berkowitz
16. Between American Televangelism and African Anglicanism, by Knut Lundby
17. "Speaking in Tongues, Writing in Vision": Orality and Literacy in Televangelistic Communications, by Keyan G. Tomaselli and Arnold Shepperson
What People are Saying About This
This splendid book opens up a fascinating world where media culture and religious practice converge. Bourdieu's habitus becomes an exciting venue for the interactions of media and religion in everyday life. What a well-crafted volume this is, staking out as it does a new territory, with sophisticated thinking and eye-opening critique.