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Routledge Research in Religion, Media and Culture


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This series of Routledge monographs provides both new and established scholars the opportunity to publish original research in Religion, Media and Culture. The series includes a wide range of investigations of media in relation to religious practice and belief in any historical period or geographical domain. Media examined in this series include everyday objects such as statues, dolls, and photographs; visual media such as wood cuts, icons or illuminated manuscripts; and newer media such as radio, film, television, and Internet. Volumes go beyond focusing on how messages are delivered to passive audiences, and contribute to an evolving paradigm of understanding creative audiences for whom media are an integral part of lived religion. Studies draw on a variety of methods for their investigations.

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Digital Spirits in Religion and Media: Possession and Performance

Digital Spirits in Religion and Media: Possession and Performance

1st Edition

Alvin Eng Hui Lim
September 03, 2018

In many contemporary and popular forms of religious practice, digital technology and the spiritual are inseparable. Ranging from streaming broadcasts of spiritual possessions to screenings of mass prayer conferences in stadiums, spirits and divinities now have new forms in which they can...

Religion, Media, and Social Change

Religion, Media, and Social Change

1st Edition

Kennet Granholm, Marcus Moberg, Sofia Sjö
February 12, 2018

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...

Material Culture and Asian Religions: Text, Image, Object

Material Culture and Asian Religions: Text, Image, Object

1st Edition

Benjamin Fleming, Richard Mann
February 06, 2018

Traditionally, research on the history of Asian religions has been marked by a bias for literary evidence, privileging canonical texts penned in ‘classical’ languages. Not only has a focus on literary evidence shaped the dominant narratives about the religious histories of Asia, in both scholarship...

Media and New Religions in Japan

Media and New Religions in Japan

1st Edition

Erica Baffelli
February 05, 2018

The Open Access version of this book, available at www.taylorfrancis.com/books/9781135117849, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivative 4.0 license. Japanese "new religions" (shinshūkyō) have used various media forms for training, communicating with...

Creating Church Online: Ritual, Community and New Media

Creating Church Online: Ritual, Community and New Media

1st Edition

Tim Hutchings
April 17, 2017

Online churches are internet-based Christian communities, pursuing worship, discussion, friendship, support, proselytization, and other key religious goals through computer-mediated communication. Hundreds of thousands of people are now involved with online congregations, generating new kinds of...

Religion and Media in China: Insights and Case Studies from the Mainland, Taiwan and Hong Kong

Religion and Media in China: Insights and Case Studies from the Mainland, Taiwan and Hong Kong

1st Edition

Stefania Travagnin
November 30, 2016

This volume focuses on the intersection of religion and media in China, bringing interdisciplinary approaches to bear on the role of religion in the lives of individuals and greater shifts within Chinese society in an increasingly media-saturated environment. With case studies focusing on Mainland...

Religion and Hip Hop

Religion and Hip Hop

1st Edition

Monica R. Miller
November 08, 2013

Religion and Hip Hop brings together the category of religion, Hip Hop cultural modalities and the demographic of youth. Bringing postmodern theory and critical approaches in the study of religion to bear on Hip Hop cultural practices, this book examines how scholars in religious and theological...

Japanese Religions on the Internet: Innovation, Representation, and Authority

Japanese Religions on the Internet: Innovation, Representation, and Authority

1st Edition

Erica Baffelli, Ian Reader, Birgit Staemmler
September 03, 2013

Japanese Religions on the Internet draws attention to how religion is being presented, represented and discussed on the Japanese Internet. Its intention is to contribute to wider discussions about religion and the Internet by providing an important example – based on one of the Internet’s most...

Religion and Commodification: 'Merchandizing' Diasporic Hinduism

Religion and Commodification: 'Merchandizing' Diasporic Hinduism

1st Edition

Vineeta Sinha
July 27, 2012

Sustaining a Hindu universe at an everyday life level requires an extraordinary range of religious specialists and ritual paraphernalia. At the level of practice, devotional Hinduism is an embodied religion and grounded in a materiality, that makes the presence of specific physical objects (which...

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