Understanding Theology and Popular Culture is one of thefirst books to give an overview of the key issues and methods inthis field of study.
- Provides a detailed introduction to key theories and debates inpopular cultural studies
- Presents a reasoned argument about the distinctive contributionthat theology can make to the study of popular culture
- Illustrated through a range of original case studies, fromEminem to The Simpsons
- Suitable for both beginning students and more advancedresearchers.
- The author has created the Theology and Popular Culture Gatewaywhich is one of the first academic Internet gateways for the studyof theology and contemporary culture.
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About the Author
Gordon Lynch is Lecturer in Practical Theology at the University of Birmingham. His previous publications include After Religion: “Generation X” and the Search for Meaning (2002). He has also created the Theology and Popular Culture Gateway which is one of the first academic Internet gateways for the study of theology and contemporary culture.
Table of Contents
List of Figures and Tables.
1 What is “Popular Culture”?.
2 Why Should Theologians and Scholars of Religion Study PopularCulture?.
3 Machines, TVs, and Shopping: The Shape of Everyday Life inContemporary Western Society.
4 Can Popular Culture Be Bad For Your Health?.
5 Developing a Theological Approach to the Study of PopularCulture.
6 An Author-Focused Approach to Studying Popular Culture: Eminemand the Redemption Of Violence.
7 Text-Based Approaches To Studying Popular Culture:“Homer The Heretic” and Civil Religion.
8 An Ethnographic Approach to Studying Popular Culture: TheReligious Significance of Club Culture.
9 Taking Steps Towards A Theological Aesthetics of PopularCulture.