Religion and The Media

Stewart M. Hoover

in The Oxford Handbook of the Sociology of Religion

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780199588961
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology

Religion and The Media

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This article notes that the mediation of religion in both the global and the local context is one of a number of emerging new research areas in media studies. Scholars are examining the representation of religions in various contexts, including the Internet and the Web, and how such mediation of religion might contribute to religious ferment. However, the discussion is also keen to stress the serious shortcomings of a purely instrumentalist understanding of the relationship between the media and religion.

Keywords: Internet; Web; religious mediation; religious ferment; mass media

Article.  7594 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Sociology of Religion

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