Religion and Popular Culture: A Cultural Studies Approach

Paperback | October 3, 2013

byChris Klassen

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Looking at the intersection of religion and popular culture through a theoretical lens, this new text offers an insightful treatment of this topical area of study. Each chapter outlines different theories and explores how key ideologies inform and interact with aspects of popular culture,including television, film, music, and the Internet.

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Looking at the intersection of religion and popular culture through a theoretical lens, this new text offers an insightful treatment of this topical area of study. Each chapter outlines different theories and explores how key ideologies inform and interact with aspects of popular culture,including television, film, music, and the Inter...

Chris Klassen is assistant professor of religion and culture at Wilfrid Laurier University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.5 inPublished:October 3, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195449185

ISBN - 13:9780195449181

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Table of Contents

PrefaceIntroductionImages, Icons, and IdentitiesIntersections and IntegrationChapter SummariesUseful Resources- Print- Online1. Religion and Popular CultureDefining a Religion- The Cognitive Approach- The Functional Approach- Return to the Cognitive- The "Lived Religion" Approach- Issues of Gender, Race, and Class- Applications and InterpretationsDefining Popular Culture- Popular Culture TheoristsReligion and Popular Culture- Religion in Popular Culture- Popular Culture in Religion- Popular Culture as Religion- Religion and Popular Culture in DialogueSummaryReview QuestionsUseful Resources- Print- Online2. Marxist ApproachesMarxist Theory and Political Application- Vladimir Lenin and Mao Zedong- Antonio Gramsci and HegemonyThe Frankfurt School and Neo-Marxism- Theodor Adorno, Max Horkheimer and the Culture Industry Thesis- Walter Benjamin and Consumer Meaning-makingApplying Marxist Theory- Selling Spirituality: Jeremy Carrette and Richard King- Commodified Religion: Jeffery A. Smith and HollywoodA Critique of Neo-Marxism: A Cultualist Position- Paul HeelasSummaryReview QuestionsUseful Resources- Print- Online3. CulturalismRaymond WilliamsStuart HallCulturalism and Religion: Encoding and Decoding- Clifford Geertz- Meredith McGuire- Christopher PartridgeApplying Culturalism: Reading Zombies- Vodou Zombies- Hollywood ZombiesApplying Culturalism: Reading Vampires- Milly Williamson and the Victorian Vampire- The Twilight Series- A Negotiated Reading of VampiresApplying Culturalism in an Evangelical Christian Structure of Feeling- Born Again- Associations with Evil: Lynn Schofield Clark- The Harry Potter SeriesSummaryReview QuestionsUseful Resources- Print- Online4. PerformativityRitual Studies and Performance Theory- Victoria Turner- Ronald Grimes- Catherine BellRitual and PerformanceJudith Butler and Bodies That MatterApplying Performance Theory: From Madonna to Hockey- Pop Icons: Madonna- Pop Icons: Lady Gaga- SportsSummaryReview QuestionsUseful Resources- Print- Video- Online5. Feminist TheoriesFeminisms- First Wave- Second Wave- Third Wave- RepresentationApplying Feminist Theory: From the Sacred Feminine to Girl Power- Mary Magdalene and the Sacred Feminine: The Da Vinci Code- Mythology, Girl Power, and Wonder WomanSummaryReview QuestionsUseful Resources- Print- Video- Online6. Racism and Anti-racismRace- Racial Classification and the Slave Trade- Franz Boas, Theodosius Dobzhansky, and M.F. Ashley-MontaguePaul Gilroy- Nationalism, Fascism and Racism- Anti-racism and Black Liberationbell hooks- White Supremacist Capitalist Patriarchy- Representation and Identity ConstructionApplying Anti-Racist Cultural Theory: Rap and Hip Hop- Background- Secular Music: Rap- Holy Hip HopSummaryReview QuestionsUseful Resources- Print- Video- Audio7. OrientalismEdward Said- The Orientalist Image and an Essentialist IdentityIslamophobiaApplying Orientalism: The Hollywood Terrorist and the Oriental Monk- Aladdin and the Arab Ineptitude- True Lies and the Dangerous Arab- The SiegeApplying Orientalism: The Oriental Monk- Kung Fu- Kung Fu Panda and Broken Blossoms or the Yellow Man and the GirlApplying Orientalism: -Reel Injuns-?- AvatarChallenging Orientalism: Multiculturalism- Little Mosque on the PrairieChallenging Orientalism: Visual Sovereignty- AtanarjuatSummaryReview QuestionsUseful Resources- Print- Video8. Subcultures and Post-subculturesDick Hebdige and the CCCS- Sites of ResistancePost-Subcultural Theory- Sarah Thornton and the Subcultural Capital- David Muggleton and the Rejection of Metanarratives- Michel Maffesoli and Neo-tribalism- Graham St John and "Carnivals of Protest"(Post)-Subcultures and Religion- Jennifer Porter, Edward Bailey, and Implicit ReligionSubcultural Theory Applied: Goth As Implicit Religion- Amy Wilkins and Style- Stan Cohen and Moral Panic- Anna Powell and the Parareligious- Julia Winden Fey and Cult/urePost-subcultural Theory Applied: Burning Man Festival- Lee Gilmore and Burning Man Spirituality- Steven T. Jones and Counterculture- Burners Without BordersSummaryReview QuestionsUseful Resources- Print- Online9. Digital Media and Hyper-real ReligionMedia Studies- Marshall McLuhan- Neil PostmanDigital Media- Andrea L. Press and Bruce A. Williams: Digital Options and Interactions- Henry Jenkins: Convergence and Collective Intelligence- Rachel Wagner and the Digitally Sacred?Hyper-realism- Jean Baudrillard and Simulation- Umberto Eco and the "Absolute Fake"- Adam Possamai and Postmodern ReligionApplying Media Studies: Virtual Christianity in Second Life- Phylis Johnson and Virtual Life- Sher Salmson and a Virtual ChurchApplying Media Studies: Hyper-real Religion in World of Warcraft- Stef Aupers and Hyper-real Religion- Lauren Bernauer and Christian GamingSummaryReview QuestionsUseful Resources- Print- OnlineConclusion: Multiple Readings of AvatarMarxist or Neo-Marxist TheoriesCulturalismPerformativityFeminist TheoriesRace and RacismOrientalismSubcultures and Post-SubculturesDigital MediaUseful Resources- PrintGlossaryReferencesIndex

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"A very clearly written, readable, and superbly organized introductory text that reflects appreciation of complexity, critical thinking, and contemporary issues." --Wynne Jordan, Saint Mary's University