Practicing Religion in the Age of Media: Explorations in Media, Religion, and Culture.

Citation: 
Hoover, Stewart M., and Clark, Lynn Schofield (eds.). Practicing Religion in the Age of Media: Explorations in Media, Religion, and Culture. New York: Columbia University Press, 2002.
Abstract: 

Through a wide-ranging collection of seventeen essays by as many different contributors, this book explores from various theoretical perspectives, the convergence of religion and media in the everyday world of lived experience in the lives of individuals and families. One of the editors, Stewart M. Hoover notes in the introduction the growing attention media scholars are giving to the culture and religious dimensions of life; at the same time scholars of religion are beginning to take note of the myriad ways in which religion is practiced outside of the traditional institutional boundaries of faith, doctrines, religious organizations, and orders. This trend has given rise to a lively interaction between cultural studies, anthropology, religious studies, critical theory, sociology, and reception studies among others. The essays in the book represent these interactions and the perspectives they give rise to. While this may indicate a relativistic stance toward religion, the essays demonstrate the growing visibility of religion in the mass media and its impact on cultural trends and patterns.

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