Digital Religion Understanding Religious Practice in New Media Worlds

ISBN-10: 0415676118
ISBN-13: 9780415676113
Edition: 2013
Authors: Heidi Campbell
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Book details

Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group
Publication date: 10/19/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.990

Digital Religionoffers students a critical and systematic survey of the study of the internet and new media. It provides a detailed review of major themes and topics in the study of religion and the internet and new media, combining these with case studies which help students understand the thematic explorations. A range of new media forms are explored including blogs, cell phones, Second Life, video games and religious websites. Buddhism, Christian, Hinduism, Islam and Judaism are all covered.Part 1 covers key topics including authenticity, authority, identity and ritual. Part 2 features a series of case studies across the internet, new media and the world’s religions. Part 3 covers theoretical frameworks, ethical issues, theological reflection and the future of religion and new media. Students will find the book’s structured approach along with its critical literature reviews invaluable in helping them develop deeper understanding of the field and further study.

List of contributors
Introduction: The rise of the study of digital religion
Themes in the study of religion and new media
Ritual
Identity
Community
Authority
Authenticity
Religion
Thematic case studies
Ritual
Hindu worship online and offline
Virtual Buddhism: Buddhist ritual in Second Life
Identity
Playing Muslim hero: Construction of identity in video games
Digital storytelling and collective religious identity in a moderate to progressive youth group
Community
Charting frontiers of online religious communities: The case of Chabad Jews
Considering religious community through online churches
Authority
The kosher cell phone in ultra-Orthodox society: A technological ghetto within the global village?
Formation of a religious Technorati: Negotiations of authority among Australian emerging church blogs
Authenticity
Alt-Muslim: Muslims and modernity's discontents
You are what you install: Religious authenticity and identity in mobile apps
Religion
Japanese new religions online: Hikari no Wa and "net religion"
'"Go online!' said my guardian angel": The Internet as a platform for religious negotiation
Reflections on studying religion and new media
Theoretical frameworks for approaching religion and new media
Ethical issues in the study of religion and new media
Theology and the new media
Concluding thoughts: Imagining the religious in and through the digital
Index

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