Religion, Media, and the Public Sphere
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Religion, Media, and the Public Sphere by Birgit Meyer
Book Description"...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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Book DetailsISBN: 9780253217974
(5983mm x 3971mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Indiana University Press
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publish Date: 25-Nov-2005
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Birgit Meyer
Sensational Movies, Paperback (November 2015)
Tracing the rise and development of the Ghanaian video film industry between 1985 and 2010, this book examines video movies as seismographic devices recording a culture and society in turmoil. It also captures the process of film-making in Ghana.
Aesthetic Formations, Paperback (October 2010)
This book examines the incorporation of newly accessible mass media into practices of religious mediation in a variety of settings including the Pentecostal Church and Islamic movements, as well as the use of religious forms and image in the sphere of radio and cinema.
Readings in Modernity in Africa, Paperback (December 2008)
New perspectives on one of the most problematic issues in contemporary African studies
Translating the Devil, Paperback (July 1999)» View all books by Birgit Meyer
This book offers an ethnography of the emergence of a local Christianity and its relation to changing social, political and economic formations among the Peki Ewe in Ghana.
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Author Biography - Birgit Meyer
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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