Understanding Religion and Popular Culture: Theories, Themes, Products and Practices

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Terry Ray Clark, Dan W. Clanton
Routledge, 2012 - 216 pages
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This introductory text provides students with a 'toolbox' of approaches for analyzing religion and popular culture. It encourages readers to think critically about the ways in which popular cultural practices and products, especially those considered as forms of entertainment, are laden with religious ideas, themes, and values. The chapters feature lively and contemporary case study material and outline relevant theory and methods for analysis. Among the areas covered are religion and food, violence, music, television and videogames. Each entry is followed by a helpful summary, glossary, bibliography, discussion questions and suggestions for further reading/viewing. Understanding Religion and Popular Culture offers a valuable entry point into an exciting and rapidly evolving field of study.

 

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Contents

What is religion? What is popular culture? How are they related?
1
1 Saved by satire? Learning to value popular cultures critique of sacred traditions
13
2 Religion and ecology in popular culture
28
3 Religion in science fiction film and television
41
4 Religion and cinema horror
56
5 On the sacred power of violence in popular culture
72
religion and the salvation of Sipowicz in NYPD Blue
89
the critical study of the myth of Star Wars
104
shooting aliens in cathedrals
118
9 The CocaCola brand and religion
139
10 What makes music Christian? Hipsters contemporary Christian music and secularization
157
A study of whats cooking in pop culture
172
Jeremiahs Scroll and the Boston Red Sox Jersey can the Bible shed light on pop culture practices?
190
Bob Dylan and the practices of selfsubversion
203
Index
213
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Terry Ray Clark is Assistant Professor of Religion at Georgetown College, USA.

Dan Clanton, Jr. is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Doane College, USA.

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