Religion, Media, and the Public Sphere

Religion, Media, and the Public Sphere

Birgit Meyer and Annelies Moors
Distribution: World
Publication date: 12/01/2005
Format: Paperback 27 b&w photos, 1 index
ISBN: 978-0-253-21797-4
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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.

Author Bio

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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Table of Contents

Introduction Birgit Meyer and Annelies Moors
Part I. Mediated Religion and Its New Publics
1. Cassette Ethics: Public Piety and Popular Media in Egypt Charles Hirschkind
2. Future in the Mirror: Media, Evangelicals, and Politics in Rio de Janeiro Patricia Birman
3. Communicating Authority, Consuming Tradition: Jewish Orthodox Outreach Literature and Its Reading Public Jeremy Stolow
4. Holy Pirates: Media, Ethnicity, and Religious Renewal in Israel David Lehmann and Batia Siebzehner
Part II. Public Religion and the Politics of Difference
5. Representing Family Law Debates in Palestine: Gender and the Politics of Presence Annelies Moors
6. Morality, Community, Publicness: Shifting Terms of Public Debate in Mali Dorothea E. Schulz
7. Media and Violence in an Age of Transparency: Journalistic Writing on War-Torn Maluku Patricia Spyer
8. Mediated Religion in South Africa: Balancing Airtime and Rights Claims Rosalind I. J. Hackett
9. Rethinking the "Voice Of God" in Indigenous Australia: Secrecy, Exposure, and the Efficacy of Media Faye Ginsburg
Part III. Religious Representations and/as Entertainment
10. Synchronizing Watches: The State, the Consumer, and Sacred Time in Ramadan Television Walter Armbrust
11. Becoming "Secular-Muslims": Yaar Nuri Öztürk as a Super-subject on Turkish Television Aye Öncü
12. Gods in the Sacred Marketplace: Hindu Nationalism and the Return of the Aura in the Public Sphere Sudeep Dasgupta
13. The Saffron Screen? Hindu Nationalism and the Hindi Film Rachel Dwyer
14. Impossible Representations: Pentecostalism, Vision, and Video Technology in Ghana Birgit Meyer