Digital Religion

Understanding Religious Practice in New Media Worlds
Author: Heidi Campbell
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 041567610X
Category: Religion
Page: 272
View: 3004
Digital Religion offers a critical and systematic survey of the study of religion and new media. It covers religious engagement with a wide range of new media forms and highlights examples of new media engagement in all five of the major world religions. From cell phones and video games to blogs and Second Life, the book: provides a detailed review of major topics includes a series of case studies to illustrate and elucidate the thematic explorations considers the theoretical, ethical and theological issues raised. Drawing together the work of experts from key disciplinary perspectives, Digital Religion is invaluable for students wanting to develop a deeper understanding of the field.

Digital Religion, Social Media and Culture

Perspectives, Practices and Futures
Author: Pauline Hope Cheong
Publisher: Peter Lang Pub Incorporated
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 326
View: 1015
This anthology – the first of its kind in eight years – collects some of the best and most current research and reflection on the complex interactions between religion and computer-mediated communication (CMC). The contributions cohere around the central question: how will core religious understandings of identity, community and authority shape and be (re)shaped by the communicative possibilities of Web 2.0? The authors gathered here address these questions in three distinct ways: through contemporary empirical research on how diverse traditions across the globe seek to take up the technologies and affordances of contemporary CMC; through investigations that place these contemporary developments in larger historical and theological contexts; and through careful reflection on the theoretical dimensions of research on religion and CMC. In their introductory and concluding essays, the editors uncover and articulate the larger intersections and patterns suggested by individual chapters, including trajectories for future research.

Handbuch Soziale Praktiken und Digitale Alltagswelten

Author: Heidrun Friese,Marcus Nolden,Gala Rebane,Miriam Schreiter
Publisher: Springer-Verlag
ISBN: 3658083573
Category: Social Science
Page: 480
View: 1298
Mit der Entwicklung des Web 2.0. sind digitale Medien und Netzwerke zum Teil unseres Alltags geworden. Von Facebook und Twitter zu YouTube und Blogspot: Soziale, kulturelle, religiöse, ökonomische und politische Räume entwickeln sich mittlerweile auch im weltumspannenden Netz, erlauben die Verständigung über die gegenwärtige Situation und lassen die einstige Unterscheidung zwischen ‚online und offline-Welten‘, dem ‚virtuellen‘ und dem ‚realen, physischen‘ Raum obsolet werden. Diese digitalen Räume werden inzwischen nicht mehr als abgegrenzt betrachtet, sondern vielmehr als Kontinuum sozialer Felder verstanden, die von unterschiedlichen Praktiken und transnationaler Kommunikation gekennzeichnet sind.

Digital Methodologies in the Sociology of Religion

Author: Sariya Cheruvallil-Contractor,Suha Shakkour
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1472571177
Category: Religion
Page: 256
View: 3406
Within an era of growing reliance on digital technologies to instantly and effectively express our beliefs, values and allegiances, the interest in digital methodologies among sociologists of religion continues to increase. Digital Methodologies in the Sociology of Religion addresses a gap in the literature for a text that explores the epistemological underpinnings and rationale for the use of digital methodologies. It considers the implementation difficulties of researching religion online and reflects on the ethical dilemmas faced by sociologists of religion when using digital research methods. In doing so it sets a precedent that future scholars can utilise and follow. This pioneering volume brings together established and emerging scholars, including William Bainbridge, Heidi Campbell, and Paul Weller, to consider the methodological issues associated with the sociology of religion. Global case studies draw on, for example, the use of social media as a method for researching discrimination on the basis of religious or non-religious belief, religion and identity in virtual worlds, digital communication within religious organisations, and young people's diverse expressions of faith online. Additionally, boxed tips are provided throughout the text to serve as reminders of tools that readers may use in their own research projects. Digital Methodologies in the Sociology of Religion is ideal for advanced undergraduates, graduate students, and researchers employing digital methodologies within their own research.

Playing with Religion in Digital Games

Author: Heidi A. Campbell,Gregory P. Grieve
Publisher: Indiana University Press
ISBN: 0253012635
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 314
View: 4657
Shaman, paragon, God-mode: modern video games are heavily coded with religious undertones. From the Shinto-inspired Japanese video game Okami to the internationally popular The Legend of Zelda and Halo, many video games rely on religious themes and symbols to drive the narrative and frame the storyline. Playing with Religion in Digital Games explores the increasingly complex relationship between gaming and global religious practices. For example, how does religion help organize the communities in MMORPGs such as World of Warcraft? What role has censorship played in localizing games like Actraiser in the western world? How do evangelical Christians react to violence, gore, and sexuality in some of the most popular games such as Mass Effect or Grand Theft Auto? With contributions by scholars and gamers from all over the world, this collection offers a unique perspective to the intersections of religion and the virtual world.

Religions of Modernity

Relocating the Sacred to the Self and the Digital
Author: Stef Aupers,Dick Houtman
Publisher: BRILL
ISBN: 9004184511
Category: Religion
Page: 273
View: 6574
Religions of Modernity challenges the social-scientific orthodoxy that, once unleashed, the modern forces of individualism, science and technology inevitably erode the sacred and evoke the profane. The book's chapters, some by established scholars, others by junior researchers, document instead in rich empirical detail how modernity relocates the sacred to the deeper layers of the self and the domain of digital technology. Rather than destroying the sacred tout court, then, the cultural logic of modernization spawns its own religious meanings, unacknowledged spiritualities and magical enchantments. The editors argue in the introductory chapter that the classical theoretical accounts of modernity by Max Weber, Emile Durkheim and others already hinted at the future emergence of these religions of modernity

Religion Online: How Digital Technology Is Changing the Way We Worship and Pray [2 volumes]

Author: August E. Grant,Daniel A. Stout,Chiung Hwang Chen,Amanda F. C. Sturgill
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 144085372X
Category: Religion
Page: 656
View: 5407
Religion Online provides new insights about religiosity in a contemporary context, offering a comprehensive look at the intersection of digital media, faith communities, and practices of all sorts. • Shows how religion is as important as politics in contemporary public affairs • Breaks new ground on the subject of media and religion (e.g., studying actual audiences, exploring cultural religion outside denominations, and synthesizing communication and sociology of religion) • Features a variety of diverse voices from different faiths to give readers a broad overview of ideas • Describes how young adults have a unique affinity for new media and are more comfortable using them in religious worship than previous generations

Gedanken über die Religion und einige andere Gegenstände

Author: Blaise Pascal
ISBN: 3966510022
Category: Philosophy
Page: 446
View: 6189
Ganz von Nietzsche her nähert man sich dieser Ausgabe von Texten des Philosophen Blaise Pascal. Diese Art der Annäherung bedeutet vor allem die Betonung des eminent christlichen Charakters des Pascalschen Denkens, denn dieser war, so Nietzsche, "der erste aller Christen". Christentum aber hieß für Pascal: bescheidenes Bewusstsein der Stellung des Menschen, Wissen um den Konflikt zwischen zur Formel erstarrter Konvention und wirklicher religiöser Erfahrung. Was zudem bis Nietzsche und weit über ihn hinaus aktuell ist an Pascal, das ist, meint Schuh, das Fragmentarische seines Schreibens, das auf Systematisierung verzichtet, aber nicht auf den Zusammenhalt des Denkens. So besteht Pascals Klassiker aus etwa tausend Fragmenten, dass das Elend der Menschen auf ihre Unfähigkeit zurückzuführen ist, sich allein in einem Raum aufzuhalten.

Buddhism, the Internet, and Digital Media

The Pixel in the Lotus
Author: Gregory Price Grieve,Daniel Veidlinger
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317950348
Category: Social Science
Page: 232
View: 3673
Buddhism, the Internet and Digital Media: The Pixel in the Lotus explores Buddhist practice and teachings in an increasingly networked and digital era. Contributors consider the ways Buddhism plays a role and is present in digital media through a variety of methods including concrete case studies, ethnographic research, and content analysis, as well as interviews with practitioners and cyber-communities. In addition to considering Buddhism in the context of technologies such as virtual worlds, social media, and mobile devices, authors ask how the Internet affects identity, authority and community, and what effect this might have on the development, proliferation, and perception of Buddhism in an online environment. Together, these essays make the case that studying contemporary online Buddhist practice can provide valuable insights into the shifting role religion plays in our constantly changing, mediated, hurried, and uncertain culture.

Religion in Hip Hop

Mapping the New Terrain in the US
Author: Monica R. Miller,Anthony B. Pinn,Bernard 'Bun B' Freeman
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1472507223
Category: Social Science
Page: 296
View: 3889
Now a global and transnational phenomenon, hip hop culture continues to affect and be affected by the institutional, cultural, religious, social, economic and political landscape of American society and beyond. Over the past two decades, numerous disciplines have taken up hip hop culture for its intellectual weight and contributions to the cultural life and self-understanding of the United States. More recently, the academic study of religion has given hip hop culture closer and more critical attention, yet this conversation is often limited to discussions of hip hop and traditional understandings of religion and a methodological hyper-focus on lyrical and textual analyses. Religion in Hip Hop: Mapping the Terrain provides an important step in advancing and mapping this new field of Religion and Hip Hop Studies. The volume features 14 original contributions representative of this new terrain within three sections representing major thematic issues over the past two decades. The Preface is written by one of the most prolific and founding scholars of this area of study, Michael Eric Dyson, and the inclusion of and collaboration with Bernard 'Bun B' Freeman fosters a perspective internal to Hip Hop and encourages conversation between artists and academics.

Annual Review of the Sociology of Religion

Volume 3: New Methods in the Sociology of Religion
Author: Luigi Berzano,Ole Riis
Publisher: BRILL
ISBN: 9004176039
Category: Social Science
Page: 310
View: 345
Dealing with a single theme in each volume, the ARSR intends to tackle the relationship between the practices and the dynamics of everyday life and the different religions and spiritualities, within the framework of the post-secular society.

The Sacred & the Digital

Critical Depictions of Religions in Video Games
Author: F.G. (Frank) Bosman
Publisher: MDPI
ISBN: 3038978302
Category: Religion
Page: 182
View: 5885
Video game studies are a relative young but flourishing academic discipline. But within game studies, however, the perspective of religion and spirituality is rather neglected, both by game scholars and religion scholars. While religion can take different shapes in digital games, ranging from material and referential to reflexive and ritual, it is not necessarily true that game developers depict their in-game religions in a positive, confirming way, but ever so often games approach the topic critically and disavowingly. The religion criticisms found in video games can be categorized as follows: religion as (1) fraud, aimed to manipulate the uneducated, as (2) blind obedience towards an invisible but ultimately non-existing deity/ies, as (3) violence against those who do not share the same set of religious rules, as (4) madness, a deranged alternative for logical reasoning, and as (5) suppression in the hands of the powerful elite to dominate and subdue the masses into submission and obedience. The critical depictions of religion in video games by their developers is the focus of this special issue.

Ritual and Religion in the Making of Humanity

Author: Roy A. Rappaport
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521296908
Category: Religion
Page: 535
View: 8292
Roy Rappaport argues that religion is central to the continuing evolution of life, although it has been been displaced from its original position of intellectual authority by the rise of modern science. His book, which could be construed as in some degree religious as well as about religion, insists that religion can and must be reconciled with science. Combining adaptive and cognitive approaches to the study of humankind, he mounts a comprehensive analysis of religion's evolutionary significance, seeing it as co-extensive with the invention of language and hence of culture as we know it. At the same time he assembles the fullest study yet of religion's main component, ritual, which constructs the conceptions which we take to be religious and has been central in the making of humanity's adaptation. The text amounts to a manual for effective ritual, illustrated by examples drawn from anthropology, history, philosophy, comparative religion, and elsewhere.

Critical Digital Studies

A Reader, Second Edition
Author: Arthur Kroker,Marilouise Kroker
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
ISBN: 1442666714
Category: Social Science
Page: 624
View: 8584
Since its initial publication, Critical Digital Studies has proven an indispensable guide to understanding digitally mediated culture. Bringing together the leading scholars in this growing field, internationally renowned scholars Arthur and Marilouise Kroker present an innovative and interdisciplinary survey of the relationship between humanity and technology. The reader offers a study of our digital future, a means of understanding the world with new analytic tools and means of communication that are defining the twenty-first century. The second edition includes new essays on the impact of social networking technologies and new media. A new section – “New Digital Media” – presents important, new articles on topics including hacktivism in the age of digital power and the relationship between gaming and capitalism. The extraordinary range and depth of the first edition has been maintained in this new edition. Critical Digital Studies will continue to provide the leading edge to readers wanting to understand the complex intersection of digital culture and human knowledge.

Religion, Media and Culture: A Reader

Author: Gordon Lynch,Jolyon Mitchell,Anna Strhan,Lecturer in Religious Studies Anna Strhan
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136649603
Category: Religion
Page: 296
View: 9935
This major new reader introduces students to the new and growing field of religion and everyday culture.

Virtually Sacred

Myth and Meaning in World of Warcraft and Second Life
Author: Robert M. Geraci
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199379971
Category: Religion
Page: 352
View: 1339
Millions of users have taken up residence in virtual worlds, and in those worlds they find opportunities to revisit and rewrite their religious lives. Robert M. Geraci argues that virtual worlds and video games have become a locus for the satisfaction of religious needs, providing many users with devoted communities, opportunities for ethical reflection, a meaningful experience of history and human activity, and a sense of transcendence. Using interviews, surveys, and his own first-hand experience within the virtual worlds, Geraci shows how World of Warcraft and Second Life provide participants with the opportunity to rethink what it means to be religious in the contemporary world. Not all participants use virtual worlds for religious purposes, but many online residents use them to rearrange or replace religious practice as designers and users collaborate in the production of a new spiritual marketplace. Using World of Warcraft and Second Life as case studies, this book shows that many residents now use virtual worlds to re-imagine their traditions and work to restore them to "authentic" sanctity, or else replace religious institutions with virtual communities that provide meaning and purpose to human life. For some online residents, virtual worlds are even keys to a post-human future where technology can help us transcend mortal life. Geraci argues that World of Warcraft and Second Life are "virtually sacred" because they do religious work. They often do such work without regard for-and frequently in conflict with-traditional religious institutions and practices; ultimately they participate in our sacred landscape as outsiders, competitors, and collaborators.

Handbook of Religion and Society

Author: David Yamane
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 3319313959
Category: Social Science
Page: 568
View: 9087
The Handbook of Religion and Society is the most comprehensive and up-to-date treatment of a vital force in the world today. It is an indispensable resource for scholars, students, policy makers, and other professionals seeking to understand the role of religion in society. This includes both the social forces that shape religion and the social consequences of religion. This handbook captures the breadth and depth of contemporary work in the field, and shows readers important future directions for scholarship. Among the emerging topics covered in the handbook are biological functioning, organizational innovation, digital religion, spirituality, atheism, and transnationalism. The relationship of religion to other significant social institutions like work and entrepreneurship, science, and sport is also analyzed. Specific attention is paid, where appropriate, to international issues as well as to race, class, sexuality, and gender differences. This handbook includes 27 chapters by a distinguished, diverse, and international collection of experts, organized into 6 major sections: religion and social institutions; religious organization; family, life course, and individual change; difference and inequality; political and legal processes; and globalization and transnationalism.

Conceptualizing Religion

Immanent Anthropologists, Transcendent Natives, and Unbounded Categories
Author: Benson Saler
Publisher: Berghahn Books
ISBN: 9781571812193
Category: Law
Page: 292
View: 3588
How might we transform a folk category - in this case religion - into a analytical category suitable for cross-cultural research? In this volume, the author addresses that question. He critically explores various approaches to the problem of conceptualizing religion, particularly with respect to certain disciplinary interests of anthropologists. He argues that the concept of family resemblances, as that concept has been refined and extended in prototype theory in the contemporary cognitive sciences, is the most plausible analytical strategy for resolving the central problem of the book. In the solution proposed, religion is conceptualized as an affair of "more or less" rather than a matter of "yes or no," and no sharp line is drawn between religion and non-religion.

Neues Handbuch religionspädagogischer Grundbegriffe

Author: Gottfried Bitter CSSp,Rudolf Englert,Gabriele Miller,Karl Ernst Nipkow
Publisher: Kösel-Verlag
ISBN: 3641104890
Category: Religion
Page: N.A
View: 4342
Mit dem Neuen Handbuch religionspädagogischer Grundbegriffe, im Jahr 2002 komplett neu erarbeitet, steht Studierenden wie Praktikern ein umfassendes Nachschlagewerk zur Verfügung. Es trägt der Komplexität von Religion in unserer Kultur und Gesellschaft Rechnung und bietet für alle Felder religionspädagogischen Handelns grundlegende Orientierung: in Schule oder Gemeinde, in Jugendarbeit oder Erwachsenenbildung, in Studium, Aus- oder Fortbildung. Renommierte Autorinnen und Autoren stehen für Aktualität, Praxisnähe und wissenschaftliche Zuverlässigkeit der Artikel. Wesentlich ist dabei die grundsätzlich ökumenische Ausrichtung.

Media Anthropology

Author: Eric W. Rothenbuhler,Mihai Coman
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISBN: 1452267200
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 368
View: 2910
Media Anthropology represents a convergence of issues and interests on anthropological approaches to the study of media. The purpose of this reader is to promote the identity of the field of study; identify its major concepts, methods, and bibliography; comment on the state of the art; and provide examples of current research. Based on original articles by leading scholars from several countries and academic disciplines, Media Anthropology provides essays introducing the issues, reviewing the field, forging new conceptual syntheses.