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05 July 2012

Nordic perspectives on the mediatization of religion


Mediatization and Religion is the title of a new book published by Professor Stig Hjarvard (University of Copenhagen) and Professor Mia Lövheim (University of Uppsala). This book presents new research on the changing relationship between the media, religion and culture from a Nordic perspective, while engaging with the theory of the mediatization of religion. In contemporary society, news journalism, film and television series, as well as new digital media, provide critical commentary on religion while also enabling new forms of religious imagery and interaction. Religious leaders, communities and individuals reflexively negotiate their presence within this new mediatized reality. In an increasingly globalized Nordic context, the media have also come to play an important role in the performance of both individual and social identities, and in the representation and development of social and religious conflicts. Through empirical analysis and theoretical discussions, scholars from film and media studies, the sociology of religion, and theology contribute to the development of the theory of the mediatization of religion as well as to the broader research field of media, religion and culture. 


Stig Hjarvard & Mia Lövheim: Introduction

Stig Hjarvard: Three Forms of Mediatized Religion. Changing the Public Face of Religion

Peter Fischer-Nielsen: The Internet Mediatization of Religion and Church

Henrik Reintoft Christensen: Mediatization, Deprivatization, and Vicarious Religion. Coverage of Religion and Homosexuality in the Scandinavian Mainstream Press

Marcus Moberg & Sofia Sjö: The Evangelical Lutheran Church and the Media in Post-Secular Finland

Knut Lundby & Kjersti Thorbjørnsrud: Mediatization of Controversy. When the Security Police Went on Facebook

Johanna Sumiala: Ritualising Death in the Media. Symbolic Immortality, The Immanent Frame, and School Shootings

Mia Lövheim: A Voice of Their Own. Young Muslim Women, Blogs and Religion

Ehab Galal: Belonging through Believing. Becoming Muslim through Islamic Programming

Line Nybro Petersen: Danish Twilight Fandom. Transformative Processes of Religion

Liv Ingeborg Lied: Religious Change and Popular Culture. With a Nod to the Mediatization of Religion Debate 

Further information

See book at Nordicom’s website