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Religion and Media

ISBN 9781138954250
Published May 11, 2017 by Routledge
1592 Pages 107 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Drawing together formative works from across the interrelated disciplines of religion and media, this collection will articulate the field of religion and media. Incorporating both historical and contemporary concerns, and a range of methodological approaches, this major work will focus upon the variety of ways in which religion and media impact, facilitate, and imbricate with each other.

The field encompassed by this collection is constantly changing and diverse. It covers a range of inquiry, from the age old questions regarding traditional human mediation of religious experience to the emerging problems associated with the study of religion and digital media and other developing technologies. Religion is mediated in a multitude of ways, including through the written word, artistic expression, electronic and digital technologies such as television and internet, as well as more evanescent modes such as ritual and performance. This series recognises the role that diverse media play in the interpretation and understanding of religion in the work of scholars and in the lives of religious individuals and communities.

The intersection of media and communication studies and religious studies is woefully under-representative of the relationship that media and religion has in theory, history and lived experience. The two disciplines have recently begun to address this, increasingly bringing together subjects from both fields. Thus a collection that compiles both foundational as well as recent scholarship on religion and media is a welcome addition, representing where the interest began but also moving scholarship in future directions. The work’s interpretation of ‘religion’ is broad, and encompasses not just religions traditionally recognised as such (eg. ‘world religions’) but also a more fluid recognition of religious behaviour (such as religions based on fiction or more abstract religious themes such as death).

Table of Contents


Historical and Temporal Mediations


Chronological table of reprinted articles and chapters

Religion and media: an introduction

Historical mediations: theory, method and material religion

Theory and method

1 The mediatization of religion: a theory of the media as agents of religious change
Stig Hjarvard 

2 Mediation or mediatisation: the history of media in the study of religion
David Morgan

3 The media, culture, and religion perspective: discovering a theory and methodology for studying media and religion
Robert A. White

4 The culturalist turn in scholarship on media and religion
Stewart M. Hoover

Public spaces

5 Assembly, rhetoric, and widespread community: mass communication in Paul of Tarsus
Peter Simonson

6 Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple and architecture for liberal religion in Chicago, 1885–1909
Joseph Siry

Journalism and news media

7 Religion and the rhetoric of the mass media
Roderick P. Hart, Kathleen J. Turner and Ralph E. Knupp

8 God, guns, and grist for the media’s mill: constructing the narratives of new religious movements and violence
Douglas E. Cowan and Jeffrey K. Hadden

9 Faith and values: journalism and the critique of religion coverage of the 1990s
Fred Vultee, Stephanie Craft and Matthew Velker

10 Late-night comedy as a source of religion news
Lynn Schofield Clark and Jill Dierberg

11 The public and the journalists’ views on the humoristic treatment of religion in Spain
Marcel Mauri-Rios, Marta Pérez-Pereira and Mònica Figueras-Mas

12 Journalists’ attitudes toward new religious movements
James T. Richardson and Barend van Driel

13 Destiny breaks through media screens
Ann Hardy

Screen and sound

14 Electrifying sight and sound
Peter Horsfield

15 Sacred symbols and the depiction of religions in millennial movies (1997–2002)
Jonathon Scott Feit

16 Commercial propaganda in the silent film: a case study of A MORMAN MAID (1917)
Richard Alan Nelson

17 Radio mind: Protestant experimentalists on the frontiers of healing
Pamela E. Klassen

18 Islamic televangelism: religion, media and visuality in contemporary Egypt
Yasmin Moll

Volume II Digital Mediations


Introduction: digital mediations: old and new media, identity and community, and social media
Theory and method

19 Understanding the relationship between religion online and offline in a networked society
Heidi A. Campbell

20 Does the ‘old’ media’s coverage of religion matter in times of ‘digital religion’?
Teemu Taira

21 A mediated religion: historical perspectives on Christianity and the Internet
Peter Horsfield and Paul Teusner

22 Who’s got the power? Religious authority and the Internet
Heidi Campbell

Identity and community

23 Cyberspace as sacred space: communicating religion on computer networks
Stephen D. O’Leary

24 Sin in cyber-eden: understanding the metaphysics and morals of virtual worlds
Ashley John Craft

25 Uses and gratifications of agnostic refuge: case study of a skeptical online congregation
John D. Richardson

26 Young people, religious identity, and the Internet
Mia Lövheim

27 Atheisms unbound: the role of the new media in the formation of a secularist identity
Christopher Smith and Richard Cimino

28 Rituals and pixels: experiments in online church
Simon Jenkins

29 Digital shapings of religion in a globalised world: the Vatican online and Amr Khaled’s TV-preaching
François Gauthier and Magali Uhl

30 Among the stones of Cyberhenge: modern Pagan ritual on the World Wide Web
Douglas E. Cowan

31 Techniques of religion-making in Sweden: the case of the missionary church of Kopimism
Per-Erik Nilsson and Victoria Enkvist

Social media

32 "See mom it is real": the UK census, Jediism and social media
Beth Singler

33 Queer youth, Facebook and faith: Facebook methodologies and online identities
Yvette Taylor, Emily Falconer and Ria Snowdon

34 How funny can Islam controversies be? Comedians defending their faiths on YouTube
Fadi Hirzalla, Liesbet van Zoonen and Floris Müller

35 Social media and revolution: the Arab Spring and the Occupy movement as seen through three information studies paradigms
Julia Skinner

Volume III

Material Mediations


Introduction: material mediations: bodies, architecture and aesthetics

Theory and method

36 Mediation and the genesis of presence: towards a material approach to religion
Birgit Meyer

37 Media and the imagination of religion in contemporary global culture
Stewart M. Hoover

38 Interpreting things: material culture studies and American religion
Colleen McDannell

39 The religious dimensions of advertising in the culture of consumer capitalism
Tricia Sheffield


40 "Whether beast or human": the cultural legacies of dread, locks, and dystopia
Kevin Frank

41 Coffee and the moral order: Ethiopian Jews and Pentecostals against culture
Don Seeman

42 Three readings of the turban: Sikh identity in Greater Vancouver
Margaret Walton-Roberts

43 Aesthetics of persuasion: global Christianity and Pentecostalism’s sensational forms
Birgit Meyer

Art and aesthetics

44 Looking at words: the iconicity of the page
S. Brent Plate

45 The written word in Islamic art
Chela Weitzel

46 Offending art and the sense of touch
Jojada Verrips

47 Rescuing God from bad taste: religious kitsch in theory and practice
Elisha McIntyre

48 "Traditional" modernity: a Vietnamese response to French colonialism as revealed in the great mural of Đạo Cao Ðài
Christopher HartneY


49 Mediating elements: symbolism, religion, and the in-between
Thomas Barrie

50 "And the building becomes man": meaning and aesthetics in Rudolf Steiner’s Goetheanum
Carole M. Cusack

51 The Zoroastrian towers of silence in the ex-Portuguese colony of Diu
Mehrdad ShokoohY

TV and film

52 Altar media’s Living Word: televised charismatic Christianity in Ghana
Marleen De Witte

53 A spiritual blockbuster: Avatar, environmentalism, and the new religions
Cynthia Erb

Volume IV

Ephemeral Mediations


Introduction: ephemeral mediations: performance, aesthetic experience, ritual and pilgrimage


54 Four interpretations of Mevlevi dervish dance, 1920–1929
X. Theodore Barber

55 Gurdjieff and de Hartmann’s music for Movements
Johanna J. M. Petsche

56 The invocation at Tilburg: mysticism, implicit religion and Gravetemple’s drone metal
Owen Coggins

57 Painting words, tasting sound: visions of Krishna in Paramānand’s sixteenth-century devotional poetry
A. Whitney Sanford

58 Mazar festivals of the Uyghurs: music, Islam and the Chinese State
Rachel Harris and Rahilä Dawut

Aesthetic experience

59 The Haunted Lotus: application of the phenomenological method in apprehending an exhibition’s religious aspects
LynFay Shapiro

60 Shouting fire: art, religion and the right to be offended
David Edgar

61 Transgressive representations: satanic ritual abuse, Thee Temple ov Psychick Youth, and First Transmission
Danielle Kirby

62 Media fandom, neoreligiosity, and cult(ural) studies
Matthew Hills

63 ‘Creating my own cultural and spiritual bubble’: case of cultural consumption by spiritual seeker anime fans
Jin Kyu Park


64 Enjoying an emerging alternative world: ritual in its own ludic right
André Droogers

65 Cleaning floors and sweeping the mind: cleaning as a ritual process
Ian Reader

66 Women’s business is hard work: Central Australian aboriginal women’s love rituals
Diane Bell

67 Sport as ritual: interpretations from Durkheim to Goffman
Susan Birrell

68 On conversion from the global to the local: going beyond one’s best understanding in Sepik initiation
Patrick F. Gesch


69 Mount Fuji and Shugendo
H. Byron Earhart

70 India's tīrthas: "crossings" in sacred geography
Diana L. Eck


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