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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 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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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 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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  1. 4 out of 5

    David Cowpar

    This is a very good introductory text to the area of Popular Culture and Religion. The authors highlight different aspects of religion and show a reflection of it in popular culture. These popular culture aspects cover everything from Star Wars to Coca-Cola, from Bob Dylan to cooking and Hipster Christian music. Throughout the book there is a realisation, pioneered by a scholar named Olwart, that the idea of secularisation is a farse. Instead some religious things become more secular but at the sa This is a very good introductory text to the area of Popular Culture and Religion. The authors highlight different aspects of religion and show a reflection of it in popular culture. These popular culture aspects cover everything from Star Wars to Coca-Cola, from Bob Dylan to cooking and Hipster Christian music. Throughout the book there is a realisation, pioneered by a scholar named Olwart, that the idea of secularisation is a farse. Instead some religious things become more secular but at the same time the secular can be seen as becoming more religious as well. This is shown in the Hipster Christian music phenomenon. Instead of being identified as Contemporary Christian Music musicians Hipster Christian musicians are often excluded for the images, sounds etc they use. They are more mainstream than CCM Is and they are that way by conscious choice.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    Awesome book for students or beginning researchers into the field. Extremely clear writing that lays bare the mechanics of how criticism works. Includes helpful classroom apparatus in each chapter: summary, glossary, points for discussion (including questions, activities, and assignments occasionally), and annotated bibliography of further reading. Broad coverage of various issues including film, tv, sports, food, ecology, music, genres, video games in the whole collection, but individual chapte Awesome book for students or beginning researchers into the field. Extremely clear writing that lays bare the mechanics of how criticism works. Includes helpful classroom apparatus in each chapter: summary, glossary, points for discussion (including questions, activities, and assignments occasionally), and annotated bibliography of further reading. Broad coverage of various issues including film, tv, sports, food, ecology, music, genres, video games in the whole collection, but individual chapters could productively be used in a class.

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