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Religion in the Media Age : Religion, Media, And Culture Series - Stewart M. Hoover

Religion in the Media Age

Religion, Media, And Culture Series

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Published: 26th April 2006
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Looking at the everyday interaction of religion and media in our cultural lives, Hoover's new book is a fascinating assessment of the state of modern religion.


Recent years have produced a marked turn away from institutionalized religions towards more autonomous, individual forms of the search for spiritual meaning. Film, television, the music industry and the internet are central to this process, cutting through the monolithic assertions of world religions and giving access to more diverse and fragmented ideals.

While the sheer volume and variety of information travelling through global media changes modes of religious thought and commitment, the human desire for spirituality also invigorates popular culture itself, recreating commodities - film blockbusters, world sport and popular music - as contexts for religious meanings.

Drawing on research into household media consumption, Hoover charts the way in which media and religion intermingle and collide in the cultural experience of media audiences.


Religion in the Media Age is essential reading for everyone interested in how today mass media relates to contemporary religious and spiritual life.

'Few, if any, media scholars are as capable as Stewart Hoover of writing this book. It provides an insightful review of religion's generally neglected place in the history of media in modernity! The result is a subtle, profound and clear-sighted analysis of some of the most difficult questions that contemporary media and society raise, which I cannot recommend highly enough.' - "Nick Couldry, London School of Economics, UK"

What this book could be aboutp. 7
From medium to meaning : the evolution of theories about media, religion, and culturep. 26
Media and religion in transitionp. 45
Articulating life and culture in the media age : plausible narratives of the selfp. 84
Reception of religion and mediap. 113
Cultural objects and religious identity among born-agains and mainstream believersp. 147
Cultural objects and religious identity among metaphysical believers, dogmatists, and secularistsp. 176
Representing outcomesp. 205
Media and public religious culture post-09/11/01 and post-11/2/04p. 233
Conclusion : what is produced?p. 264
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ISBN: 9780415314220
ISBN-10: 0415314224
Series: Religion, Media, And Culture Series
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 26th April 2006
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.66
Edition Number: 1