Religion, Media, and the Public Sphere (Google eBook)

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Birgit Meyer, Annelies Moors
Indiana University Press, Dec 1, 2005 - Religion - 336 pages
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"... one of those rare edited volumes that advances social thought as it provides substantive religious and media ethnography that is good to think with." -- Dale Eickelman, Dartmouth College

Increasingly, Pentecostal, Buddhist, Muslim, Jewish, Hindu, and indigenous movements all over the world make use of a great variety of modern mass media, both print and electronic. Through religious booklets, radio broadcasts, cassette tapes, television talk-shows, soap operas, and documentary film these movements address multiple publics and offer alternative forms of belonging, often in competition with the postcolonial nation-state. How have new practices of religious mediation transformed the public sphere? How has the adoption of new media impinged on religious experiences and notions of religious authority? Has neo-liberalism engendered a blurring of the boundaries between religion and entertainment? The vivid essays in this interdisciplinary volume combine rich empirical detail with theoretical reflection, offering new perspectives on a variety of media, genres, and religions.

  

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Contents

Introduction
1
Cassette Ethics Public Piety and Popular Media in Egypt
29
Future in the Mirror Media Evangelicals and Politics in Rio de Janeiro
52
Communicating Authority Consuming Tradition Jewish Orthodox Outreach Literature and Its Reading Public
73
Holy Pirates Media Ethnicity and Religious Renewal in Israel
91
Representing Family Law Debates in Palestine Gender and the Politics of Presence
115
Morality Community Publicness Shifting Terms of Public Debate in Mali
132
Media and Violence in an Age of Transparency Journalistic Writing on WarTorn Maluku
152
Rethinking the Voice Of God in Indigenous Australia Secrecy Exposure and the Efficacy of Media
188
Synchronizing Watches The State the Consumer and Sacred Time in Ramadan Television
207
Becoming Secular Muslims Yaşar Nuri Öztürk as a Supersubject on Turkish Television
227
Gods in the Sacred Marketplace Hindu Nationalism and the Return of the Aura in the Public Sphere
251
The Saffron Screen? Hindu Nationalism and the Hindi Film
273
Impossible Representations Pentecostalism Vision and Video Technology in Ghana
290
Contributors
313
Index
317

Mediated Religion in South Africa Balancing Airtime and Rights Claims
166

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About the author (2005)

Birgit Meyer is Professor of Cultural Anthropology at the Free University, Amsterdam.

Annelies Moors holds the ISIM Chair at the International Institute for the Study of Islam in the Modern World, University of Amsterdam.

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