1st Edition

Religion, Media, and Social Change

Edited By Kennet Granholm, Marcus Moberg, Sofia Sjö Copyright 2015
    224 Pages
    by Routledge

    230 Pages
    by Routledge

    In an era of heightened globalization, macro-level transformations in the general socioeconomic and cultural makeup of modern societies have been studied in great depth. Yet little attention has been paid to the growing influence of media and mass-mediated popular culture on contemporary religious sensibilities, life, and practice. Religion, Media, and Social Change explores the correlation between the study of religion, media, and popular culture and broader sociological theorizing on religious change. Contributions devote serious attention to broadly-defined media including technologies, institutions, and social and cultural environments, as well as mass-mediated popular culture such as film, music, television, and computer games. This interdisciplinary collection addresses important theoretical and methodological questions by connecting the study of media and popular culture to current perspectives, approaches, and discussions in the broader sociological study of religion.

    1. Introduction  Kennet Granholm, Marcus Moberg and Sofia Sjö  Part I: Theorising Media and Religion in the Public Sphere  2. Power, Control and Religious Language: Latin and Vernacular Contests in the Christian Medieval and Reformation Periods  Peter Horsfield  3. Mediatised Religion and Public Spheres: Current Approaches and New Questions  Mia Lövheim and Marta Axner  4. Theorising Religious Republicisation in Europe: Religion, Media and Public Controversy in the Netherlands and Poland, 2000–2012  David Herbert  5. Religion, Media and the Dynamics of Consumerism in Globalising Societies  François Gauthier  Part II: Media, Popular Culture and Contemporary Religious Sensibilities and Communities  6. Mass-mediated Popular Culture and Religious Socialisation  Marcus Moberg and Sofia Sjö  7. Media and the Nonreligious  Teemu Taira  8. Constructing Segregated Communities: Or How Britain Became ‘Muscularly Liberal’  Siobhan Holohan  Part III: Impacts and Outcomes of Contemporary Encounters between Religion, Media and Popular Culture  9. Now the Bible is an App: Digital Media and Changing Patterns of Religious Authority  Tim Hutchings  10. Controversial Popular Culture and Controversial Religion: Theorising the Connections  Titus Hjelm  11. Lab Rats and Tissue Samples: The Human in Contemporary Invented Religions  Carole M. Cusack


    Kennet Granholm is Docent in Comparative Religion at Åbo Akademi University, Finland and Assistant Professor in the History of Religions at Stockholm University, Sweden

    Marcus Moberg is Academy of Finland Postdoctoral Researcher in the Department of Comparative Religion at Åbo Akademi University, Finland

    Sofia Sjö is Postdoctoral Researcher in the Department of Comparative Religion at Åbo Academy University, Finland