The Bloomsbury Handbook of Religion and Popular Music

The Bloomsbury Handbook of Religion and Popular Music


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Now available in paperback, this Handbook covers the most important themes and concepts in the field of religion and popular music. Edited by Christopher Partridge and Marcus Moberg, it provides an accessible entry point for those new to the field.

Drawing on contemporary research from religious studies, theology, sociology, ethnography, and cultural studies, the volume comprises thirty-one specifically commissioned essays from a team of international experts. The chapters explore the main areas of inquiry and point to new directions for research. Featuring chapters on methodology, key genres, religious traditions and popular music subcultures, this volume is essential reading for anyone with an interest in religion and popular music as well as popular culture more broadly.

Religious traditions covered include Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Paganism and occultism. Coverage of genres and religion ranges from heavy metal, rap and hip hop to country music and film and television music.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781350082625
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 02/21/2019
Series: Bloomsbury Handbooks in Religion
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 440
Product dimensions: 6.73(w) x 9.61(h) x 0.95(d)

About the Author

Christopher Partridge is Professor of Religious Studies in the Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion at Lancaster University, UK. Recent publications include Mortality and Music: Popular Music and the Awareness of Death (Bloomsbury, 2015) The Occult World (2014, ed.,), The Lyre of Orpheus: Popular Music, the Sacred and the Profane (2014), Dub in Babylon (2010), and Holy Terror: Understanding Religion and Violence in Popular Culture (2010, ed.). He is co-editor of Bloomsbury Studies in Religion and Popular Music.

Marcus Moberg is Senior Researcher in the Department of Comparative Religion, Åbo Akademi University, Finland. He is the author of Christian Metal (Bloomsbury, 2015). His research is focused on contemporary intersections between religion, new media, popular culture, and consumer culture.

Table of Contents

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List of Contributors
Introduction: Religion and Popular Music, Marcus Moberg & Christopher Partridge
Part One: The Study of Religion and Popular Music: Theoretical Perspectives, Methodologies and Issues
1. Ethnography, Popular Music and Religion, (Andy Bennett, Griffith University, Queensland, Australia)
2. Emotion, Meaning and Popular Music, (Christopher Partridge, Lancaster University, UK)
3. Music, Religion, Protest, Ian Peddie (Sul Ross State University, USA)
4. Censorship, religion and popular music, (Michael Drewett, Rhodes University, South Africa)
5. Feminism, Gender and Popular Music, Alison Stone (Lancaster University, UK)
Part Two: Religious Perspectives
6. The Bible and Popular Music, (Michael Gilmour, Providence College, Manitoba, Canada)
7. Theology, Imagination and Popular Music, (Gavin Hopps, University of Saint Andrews, UK)
8. Christianity, Worship and Popular Music, (Thomas Wagner, University of Edinburgh, UK)
9. Contemporary Christian Music, (Shawn Young, Clayton State University, USA)
10. Islam and Popular Music, (Jonas Otterbeck & Göran Larsson, Lund University & Gothenburg University, Sweden)
11. Jews, Judaism and Popular Music, (Jon Stratton, Curtin University, Australia)
12. Hinduism and Popular Music, (Anjali Roy, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, West Bengal, India)
13. Buddhism and Popular Music, (Jeffrey Cupchik, University of Calgary, Canada)
14. Japanese Religion and Popular Music, (Jennifer Matsue, Union College, USA)
15. Chinese Religions and Popular Music, (Vicky Ho, Hong Kong)
16. Paganism and Popular Music, (Donna Weston, Griffith University, Queensland, Australia)
17. Popular Music and the Occult, (Kennet Granholm, University of Stockholm, Sweden)
18. Caribbean Religions and Popular Music, (David Moskowitz, University of South Dakota, US)
Part Three: Genres
19. Heavy Metal, (Marcus Moberg, Abo Akademi, Finland)
20. Pop and Rock, (Clive Marsh, University of Leicester, UK)
21. Punk and Hardcore, Ibrahim Abraham (University of Helsinki, Finland) & Francis Stewart (University of Stirling, UK)
22. Reggae, (Christopher Partridge, University of Lancaster, UK)
23. Folk Music, Vaughan Roberts (Rector at the Collegiate Church of St Mary, Warwick, UK)
24. Country Music, (Leigh Edwards, Florida State University, USA)
25. Electronic Dance Music, (Graham St. John, Griffith University, Queensland, Australia)
26. Blues and Jazz, (David Cheetham, University of Birmingham, UK)
27. Psychedelic Music, (Christopher Partridge, Lancaster University, UK)
28. Rap and Hip Hop, Joseph Winters (Duke University, USA)
29. Goth Music and Subculture, (Isabella van Elferen, Kingston University, UK)
30. Ambient Music, (Rupert Till, Huddersfield University, UK)
31. Popular Music & the Religious Screen, Mark Evans (Mark Evans, Macquarie University, Australia) & Brent Keogh (independent academic)

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