Handbook on Religion and Communication

By (author) Cohen,Yoel Cohen,Paul Soukup

ISBN13: 9781119671558

Imprint: Wiley-Blackwell

Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd

Format: Hardback

Published: 11/05/2023

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Provides a contemporary view of the intertwined relationship of communication and religion The Handbook on Religion and Communication presents a detailed investigation of the complex interaction between media and religion, offering diverse perspectives on how both traditional and new media sources continue to impact religious belief and practice across multiple faiths around the globe. Contributions from leading international scholars address key themes such as the changing role of religious authority in the digital age, the role of media in cultural shifts away from religious institutions, and the ways modern technologies have transformed how religion is communicated and portrayed. Divided into five parts, the Handbook opens with a state-of-the-art overview of the subject's intellectual landscape, introducing the historical background, theoretical foundations, and major academic approaches to communication, media, and religion. Subsequent sections focus on institutional and functional perspectives, theological and cultural approaches, and new approaches in digital technologies. The essays provide insight into a wide range of topics, including religious use of media, religious identity, audience gratification, religious broadcasting, religious content in entertainment, films and religion, news reporting about religion, race and gender, the sex-religion matrix, religious crisis communication, public relations and advertising, televangelism, pastoral ministry, death and the media, online religion, future directions in religious communication, and more. Explores the increasing role of media in creating religious identity and communicating religious experience Discusses the development and evolution of the communication practices of various religious bodies Covers all major media sources including radio, television, film, press, digital online content, and social media platforms Presents key empirical research, real-world case studies, and illustrative examples throughout Encompasses a variety of perspectives, including individual and institutional actors, academic and theoretical areas, and different forms of communication media Explores media and religion in Judeo-Christian traditions, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, religions of Africa, Atheism, and others The Handbook on Religion and Communication is an essential resource for scholars, academic researchers, practical theologians, seminarians, and undergraduate and graduate students taking courses on media and religion.
Introduction to the volume, the perspective, the themes, and the contributors. Part I. Introductory material 1. Traditions of academic approaches to communication, media, and religion 2. Historical background in the development of both communication, media and religion and its key theoretical groundings Part II. "Institutional" perspectives A. Religion (more generally) / religiosity 3. Theological approaches 4. Ethical issues or approaches 5. Criticism and critical perspectives on communication from the perspective of religion B. Religions as actors 6. Religious broadcasting 7. Public relations and strategic uses, including digital aspects 8. Web presence of different religious institutions 9. Missiological / evangelizing approaches, include digital aspects C. Religion connected to individual action 10. Pastoral ministry 11. Piety, religious identity 12. Profiles of people (for example, young people) following, finding religion online. D. Media institutions 13. News, reporting on religion, including digital news coverage 14. Religious crisis communication , including digital dimensions (Twitter, FB, etc.) 15. Entertainment: religious content 16. Religion and film E. Specific religious groups 17. Christianity, Judaism, Islam, evangelical Christianity (once content has been commissioned, this may become several chapters rather than one) 18. Asian religions Hinduism, Buddhism, Shintoism, Confucianism etc. (again perhaps several chapters here) 19. Religions of Africa Part III. "Functional" perspectives 20. Social functions: community, social order, identity 21. Rituals, pilgrimages, places 22. Religious festivals 23. Meaning making 24. Spirituality, religion, supernatural in everyday life Part IV. Cultural approaches 25. Material religion 26. Mediatization 27. Gender 28. Sex 29. Authority Part V. New approaches in new technologies 30. Social media 31. Internet, mobile technology 32. Other related topics 33. Online religion versus religion online
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