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"
"Does Anyone Know a Good Healer?" An Analysis of Mediatized Word-of-Mouth Advertising of Spiritual Healers in Japanese Online Question and Answer Forums
Religious Mediatization with Chinese Characteristics: Subaltern Voices of Chinese Muslim Youths
"Aren’t you happy?" Healing as Mediatized Nationalism in a Compressed Modernity
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
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
Being Religious through Social Networks: Representation of Religious Identity of Shia Iranians on Instagram
Understanding Jewish Digital Media in Israel: Between Technological Affordances and Religious-Cultural Uses
Ruth Tsuria and Heidi A. Campbell
Religion as Communicative Figurations – Analyzing Religion in Times of Deep Mediatization
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.