Digital Religion Book

Digital Religion


  • Author : Heidi Campbell
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2012
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN 10 : 9780415676106

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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 Book

Digital Religion


  • Author : Heidi A. Campbell
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2021-09-30
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 308
  • ISBN 10 : 9781000434965

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Digital Religion Excerpt :

This book offers a critical and systematic survey of the study of religion and digital media. It covers religious engagement with a wide range of digital media forms and highlights examples of new media engagement in all five of the major world religions. From mobile apps and video games to virtual reality and social media, the book: • provides a detailed review of major topics including ritual, identity, community, authority, and embodiment; • includes a series of engaging case studies to illustrate and elucidate the thematic explorations; • considers the theoretical, ethical, and theological issues raised. This unique volume draws together the work of experts from key disciplinary perspectives and is the go-to volume for students and scholars wanting to develop a deeper understanding of the subject area. Thoroughly updated throughout with new case studies and in-depth analysis of recent scholarship and developments, this new edition provides a comprehensive overview of this fast-paced, constantly developing, and fascinating field.

Digital Spirits in Religion and Media Book

Digital Spirits in Religion and Media


  • Author : Alvin Eng Hui Lim
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2018-09-07
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 260
  • ISBN 10 : 9781351188852

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Digital Spirits in Religion and Media Excerpt :

In many contemporary and popular forms of religious practice, digital technology and the spiritual are inseparable. Ranging from streaming broadcasts of spiritual possessions to screenings of mass prayer conferences in stadiums, spirits and divinities now have new forms in which they can materialise. By offering the notion of ‘digital spirits’, this book critically attends to the intersections of digital media and spiritual beings. It also puts forward a new performative perspective on how they interact. Taking cues from the work of Stewart Hoover and Heidi Campbell, among others, the book begins with an outline of the current debates around religion, performance and digital media. It then moves on to examine how mediality and religion, where embodied practices are carried out alongside virtual practices, work together in contemporary Asia. These case studies focus on lived religious practices in combination with various forms of media, and so help demonstrate that digital technology in particular reveals the layered processes of spirituality in practice. Gods and divinities have always relied on media to manifest, and this book is a fascinating exploration of how digital media has continued that tradition and taken it in new directions. As such, it will be of great interest to scholars of religious studies, digital media and performance studies.

Digital Media  Young Adults and Religion Book

Digital Media Young Adults and Religion


  • Author : Marcus Moberg
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2020-02-26
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 180
  • ISBN 10 : 9781351010597

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Digital Media Young Adults and Religion Excerpt :

It has become increasingly clear that an adequate understanding of the contemporary processes of social, cultural, and religious change is contingent on an appreciation of the growing impact of social media. Utilising results of an unprecedented global study, this volume explores the ways in which young adults in seven different countries engage with digital and social media in religiously significant ways. Presenting and analysing the findings of the global research project Young Adults and Religion in a Global Perspective (YARG), an international panel of contributors shed new light on the impact of social media and its associated technologies on young people’s religiosities, worldviews, and values. Case studies from China, Finland, Ghana, Israel, Peru, Poland, and Turkey are used to demonstrate how these developments are progressing, not just in the West, but across the world. This book is unique in that it presents a truly macroscopic perspective on trends in religion amongst young adults. As such, it will be of great interest to scholars working in religious studies, digital media, communication studies, sociology, cultural studies, theology and youth studies.

Mediatized Religion in Asia Book

Mediatized Religion in Asia


  • Author : Kerstin Radde-Antweiler
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2018-12-13
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 232
  • ISBN 10 : 9781351691413

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Mediatized Religion in Asia Excerpt :

This edited volume discusses mediatized religion in Asia, examining the intensity and variety of constructions and processes related to digital media and religion in Asia today. Individual chapters present case studies from various regions and religious traditions in Asia, critically discussing the data collected in light of current mediatization theories. By directing the study to the geographical, cultural and religious contexts specific to Asia, it also provides new material for the theoretical discussion of the pros and cons of the concept mediatization, among other things interrogating whether this concept is useful in non-’Western’ contexts."

The Digital Social Book

The Digital Social


  • Author : Alphia Possamai-Inesedy
  • Publisher : Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG
  • Release Date : 2019-12-02
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 227
  • ISBN 10 : 9783110497892

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The edited volume aims to present a critical analysis of the current state of research on religion and belief systems in the realm of the ‘Digital Social’. The rapid expansion and democratization of digital technologies in conjunction with the significant shifts taking place within the practices of religion and belief through digital technology demand a critical examination across the social sciences and humanities. These changes call for an overview of not only our current methodological tool box but also the epistemological and ethical considerations that researchers must contend with. The proposed volume provides a critical framework that recognizes that the social, and therefore the religious, cannot be fully understood without recognizing how the digital world actively constitutes notions such as identity, social networks, embodiment, and social institutions. While some specific methods will be discussed, the volume’s emphasis remains on the critical epistemological and logistical considerations that are needed when undertaking this form of research.

Playing with Religion in Digital Games Book

Playing with Religion in Digital Games


  • Author : Heidi A. Campbell
  • Publisher : Indiana University Press
  • Release Date : 2014-04-28
  • Genre: Games & Activities
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN 10 : 9780253012630

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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.

Digital Culture and Religion in Asia Book

Digital Culture and Religion in Asia


  • Author : Sam Han
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2015-09-16
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 130
  • ISBN 10 : 9781317580164

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Digital Culture and Religion in Asia Excerpt :

This book critically analyses the functions and interconnectedness between religion and digital media in a range of East Asian countries. It discusses both how religious organizations make use of new technologies, and also explores how new technologies are reshaping religion in novel and interesting ways. Based on extensive research, the book focuses in particular on Christianity in South Korea, Neo-Shintoism in Japan, Falun Gong in China and Islam in Southeast Asia. Offering a comparative perspective on a broad range of media practices including video gaming, virtual worship, social networking and online testimonials, the book also investigates the idea that use of technology in itself mirrors religious practices. With an analysis of the impact of religion and new technology on national consciousness in a range of geographical locations, the authors offer a broadening of the scope of the study of religion, culture and media.

Ethics and Religion in the Age of Social Media Book

Ethics and Religion in the Age of Social Media


  • Author : Kevin Healey
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2019-11-14
  • Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Pages : 220
  • ISBN 10 : 9781000733877

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Ethics and Religion in the Age of Social Media Excerpt :

Arguing that popular digital platforms promote misguided assumptions about ethics and technology, this book lays out a new perspective on the relation between technological capacities and human virtue. The authors criticize the “digital catechism” of technological idolatry arising from the insular, elite culture of Silicon Valley. In order to develop digital platforms that promote human freedom and socio-economic equality, they outline a set of five “proverbs” for living responsibly in the digital world: (1) information is not wisdom; (2) transparency is not authenticity; (3) convergence is not integrity; (4) processing is not judgment; and (5) storage is not memory. Each chapter ends with a simple exercise to help users break through the habitual modes of thinking that our favorite digital applications promote. Drawing from technical and policy experts, it offers corrective strategies to address the structural and ideological biases of current platform architectures, algorithms, user policies, and advertising models. This book will appeal to scholars and graduate and advanced undergraduate students investigating the intersections of media, religion, and ethics, as well as journalists and professionals in the digital and technological space.

Digital Religion  Social Media  and Culture Book

Digital Religion Social Media and Culture


  • Author : Pauline Hope Cheong
  • Publisher : Peter Lang Pub Incorporated
  • Release Date : 2012
  • Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Pages : 326
  • ISBN 10 : UCSD:31822039396429

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Digital Religion Social Media and Culture Excerpt :

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.

Religion and the Digital Arts Book

Religion and the Digital Arts


  • Author : Sage Elwell
  • Publisher : BRILL
  • Release Date : 2020-12-07
  • Genre: Art
  • Pages : 116
  • ISBN 10 : 9789004447592

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Religion and the Digital Arts Excerpt :

This concise volume offers an introduction to religion and the digital arts that is thematically organized around traditional religious categories such as ritual and myth paired with corresponding digital categories such as code and avatars.

The Wiley Blackwell Companion to Religion and Materiality Book

The Wiley Blackwell Companion to Religion and Materiality


  • Author : Vasudha Narayanan
  • Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
  • Release Date : 2020-04-16
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 624
  • ISBN 10 : 9781118688328

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The Wiley Blackwell Companion to Religion and Materiality provides a thoughtfully organized, inclusive, and vibrant project of the multiple ways in which religion and materiality intersect. The contributions explore the way that religion is shaped by, and has shaped, the material world, embedding beliefs, doctrines, and texts into social and cultural contexts of production, circulation, and consumption. The Companion not only contains scholarly essays but has an accompanying website to demonstrate the work of performers, architects, and expressive artists, ranging from musicians and dancers to religious practitioners. These examples offer specific illustrations of the interplay of religion and materiality in everyday life. The project is organized from a comparative perspective, highlighting examples and case studies from traditions originating in both East and West. To summarize, the volume: Brings together the leading figures, theories and ideas in the field in a systematic and comprehensive way Offers an interdisciplinary approach drawing together religious studies, anthropology, archaeology, history, sociology, geography, the cognitive sciences, ecology, and media studies Takes a comparative perspective, covering all the major faith traditions

Methods for Studying Video Games and Religion Book

Methods for Studying Video Games and Religion


  • Author : Vít Šisler
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2017-11-28
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 222
  • ISBN 10 : 9781315518312

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Methods for Studying Video Games and Religion Excerpt :

Game studies has been an understudied area within the emerging field of digital media and religion. Video games can reflect, reject, or reconfigure traditionally held religious ideas and often serve as sources for the production of religious practices and ideas. This collection of essays presents a broad range of influential methodological approaches that illuminate how and why video games shape the construction of religious beliefs and practices, and also situates such research within the wider discourse on how digital media intersect with the religious worlds of the 21st century. Each chapter discusses a particular method and its theoretical background, summarizes existing research, and provides a practical case study that demonstrates how the method specifically contributes to the wider study of video games and religion. Featuring contributions from leading and emerging scholars of religion and digital gaming, this book will be an invaluable resource for scholars in the areas of digital culture, new media, religious studies, and game studies across a wide range of disciplines.

Digital Religion Book

Digital Religion


  • Author : Heidi A. Campbell
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2021-09-30
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 302
  • ISBN 10 : 9781000435016

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Digital Religion Excerpt :

This book offers a critical and systematic survey of the study of religion and digital media. It covers religious engagement with a wide range of digital media forms and highlights examples of new media engagement in all five of the major world religions. From mobile apps and video games to virtual reality and social media, the book: • provides a detailed review of major topics including ritual, identity, community, authority, and embodiment; • includes a series of engaging case studies to illustrate and elucidate the thematic explorations; • considers the theoretical, ethical, and theological issues raised. This unique volume draws together the work of experts from key disciplinary perspectives and is the go-to volume for students and scholars wanting to develop a deeper understanding of the subject area. Thoroughly updated throughout with new case studies and in-depth analysis of recent scholarship and developments, this new edition provides a comprehensive overview of this fast-paced, constantly developing, and fascinating field.

Religion in the Age of Digitalization Book

Religion in the Age of Digitalization


  • Author : Giulia Isetti
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2020-10-16
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 196
  • ISBN 10 : 9781000205794

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Religion in the Age of Digitalization Excerpt :

This book examines the current use of digital media in religious engagement and how new media can influence and alter faith and spirituality. As technologies are introduced and improved, they continue to raise pressing questions about the impact, both positive and negative, that they have on the lives of those that use them. The book also deals with some of the more futuristic and speculative topics related to transhumanism and digitalization. Including an international group of contributors from a variety of disciplines, chapters address the intersection of religion and digital media from multiple perspectives. Divided into two sections, the chapters included in the first section of the book present case studies from five major religions: Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism and Judaism and their engagement with digitalization. The second section of the volume explores the moral, ideological but also ontological implications of our increasingly digital lives. This book provides a uniquely comprehensive overview of the development of religion and spirituality in the digital age. As such, it will be of keen interest to scholars of Digital Religion, Religion and Media, Religion and Sociology, as well as Religious Studies and New Media more generally, but also for every student interested in the future of religion and spirituality in a completely digitalized world.