In an era of heightened globalization, macro-level transformations in the general socioeconomic and cultural makeup of modern societies have been studied in great depth. Yet little attention has been paid to the growing influence of media and mass-mediated popular culture on contemporary religious sensibilities, life, and practice. Religion, Media, and Social Change explores the correlation between the study of religion, media, and popular culture and broader sociological theorizing on religious change. Contributions devote serious attention to broadly-defined media including technologies, institutions, and social and cultural environments, as well as mass-mediated popular culture such as film, music, television, and computer games. This interdisciplinary collection addresses important theoretical and methodological questions by connecting the study of media and popular culture to current perspectives, approaches, and discussions in the broader sociological study of religion.

part |72 pages

Theorising Media and Religion in the Public Sphere

chapter |19 pages

Power, Control and Religious Language

Latin and Vernacular Contests in the Christian Medieval and Reformation Periods

chapter |16 pages

Mediatised Religion and Public Spheres

Current Approaches and New Questions

chapter |17 pages

Theorising Religious Republicisation in Europe

Religion, Media and Public Controversy in the Netherlands and Poland, 2000–2012

part |52 pages

Media, Popular Culture and Contemporary Religious Sensibilities and Communities

part |48 pages

Impacts and Outcomes of Contemporary Encounters between Religion, Media and Popular Culture

chapter |19 pages

Now the Bible Is an App

Digital Media and Changing Patterns of Religious Authority

chapter |13 pages

Controversial Popular Culture and Controversial Religion

Theorising the Connections

chapter |14 pages

Lab Rats and Tissue Samples

The Human in Contemporary Invented Religions