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Media Perceptions of Religious Changes in Australia
Of Dominance and Diversity

ISBN 9780367192570
Published December 5, 2019 by Routledge
194 Pages

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Book Description

This volume explores the contradiction between the news coverage given to issues of religion, particularly since 2001 in relation to issues such as terrorism, politics, security and gender, and the fact of its apparent decline according to Census data. Based on media research in Australia, and offering comparisons with the UK, the author demonstrates that media discussions overlook the diversity that exists within religions, particularly the country’s main religion, Christianity, and presents religion according to specific interpretations shaped by race, class and gender, which in turn result in very limited understandings of religion itself. Drawing on understandings of the sacred as a non-negotiable value present in religious and secular form, Media Perceptions of Religious Changes in Australia calls for a broader sociological perspective on religion and will appeal to scholars of sociology and media studies with interests in religion and public life.

Table of Contents

1. Problematising ‘Religion’

2. Historical and Current Perspectives on Australian Religion and Spirituality

3. Changing Perspectives on Religion

4. Australian Religion in the Public Sphere

5. Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Q&A Program: A Case Study

6. Changing Nature of Australian Religion

7. Mediation and Mediatisation of Religion

8. The Sacred in Evolution

9. Comparison with ‘Media Religion’ in Britain

10. The Way Forward

Appendix 1: Coding Categories

Appendix 2: Coding: Topic of Discussions

Appendix 3: Transcription Convention

Appendix 4: Program References

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Enqi Weng is a Research Fellow on the Australian Research Council’s Discovery Project ‘Religious Diversity in Australia: Strategies to Maintain Social Cohesion’. She teaches media studies and religious studies units at Deakin University, Australia.