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Mediatized Religion in Asia

Studies on Digital Media and Religion, 1st Edition

Edited by Kerstin Radde-Antweiler, Xenia Zeiler


232 pages | 7 B/W Illus.

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This edited volume discusses mediatized religion in Asia, examining the intensity and variety of constructions and processes related to digital media and religion in Asia today. Individual chapters present case studies from various regions and religious traditions in Asia, critically discussing the data collected in light of current mediatization theories. By directing the study to the geographical, cultural and religious contexts specific to Asia, it also provides new material for the theoretical discussion of the pros and cons of the concept mediatization, among other things interrogating whether this concept is useful in non-’Western’ contexts."

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Mediatized Religion in Asia. Interrelations of Media, Culture and Society beyond the "West"

Xenia Zeiler

Part 1

East Asia

"Does Anyone Know a Good Healer?" An Analysis of Mediatized Word-of-Mouth Advertising of Spiritual Healers in Japanese Online Question and Answer Forums

Birgit Staemmler

Religious Mediatization with Chinese Characteristics: Subaltern Voices of Chinese Muslim Youths

Wai-yip Ho

"Aren’t you happy?" Healing as Mediatized Nationalism in a Compressed Modernity

Sam Han

Part 2

Southeast Asia

Facebook and the Mediatization of Religion: Inter/Intra-Religious Dialogue in Malaysia

Tan Meng Yoe

On-offline Dakwah: Social Media and Islamic Preaching in Malaysia and Indonesia

Hew Wai Weng

Church Digital Applications and the Communicative Meso-Micro Interplay: Building Religious Authority and Community through Everyday Organizing

Pauline Hope Cheong

Part 3

South Asia

Ravidassia: neither Sikh nor Hindu? Mediatized Religion in Anti-Caste Contexts

Dhanya Fee Kirchhof

Digitalizing Tibet: A Critical Buddhist Reconditioning of Hjarvard’s Mediatization Theory

Gregory Grieve, Christopher Helland and Rohit Singh

Part 4

West Asia

Being Religious through Social Networks: Representation of Religious Identity of Shia Iranians on Instagram

Narges Valibeigi

Understanding Jewish Digital Media in Israel: Between Technological Affordances and Religious-Cultural Uses

Ruth Tsuria and Heidi A. Campbell

Critical Reflection

Religion as Communicative Figurations – Analyzing Religion in Times of Deep Mediatization

Kerstin Radde-Antweiler

About the Editors

Kerstin Radde-Antweiler is Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Bremen, Germany. Her research focuses on mediatized religion, mediatization theory, video gaming, Pagan and Christian traditions, and ritual studies. She edited special issues on the interrelation of culture and digital media and published several articles. She is co-editor-in-chief of gamevironments, the first academic journal with a specific focus on video gaming and religion.

Xenia Zeiler is tenure track Professor of South Asian Studies at the University of Helsinki, Finland. Her research is situated at the intersection of digital media, religion, and culture in India and the worldwide Indian community. Other foci are Digital Humanities and Tantric traditions. She is author of numerous articles and book chapters on digital and mediatized Hinduism, and co-editor-in-chief of gamevironments, the first academic journal with a specific focus on video gaming and religion.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Digital Media and Culture in Asia

This book series explores Asian culture and digital technologies in a socio-economic, cultural, and technological context. It focuses on not only the celebratory achievement of local popular culture through the analysis of media texts, but also the significance of social milieu in the development of local digital technologies. Books in this series emphasize the economic and industrial aspects of popular culture and digital culture to articulate the relationship between cultural industries, the global market, and government, acknowledging that digital technologies and culture are fundamentally altering the ways in which we communicate.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
COMPUTERS / Internet / General
COMPUTERS / Social Aspects / General
RELIGION / General
RELIGION / Eastern
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies