Mediatisation of religion: A critical appraisal
2011 (English)In: Culture and Religion, ISSN 1475-5610, Vol. 12, no 2, 153-166 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Media as a context for shaping religion in modern society has generally beenoverlooked in the mainstream sociology of religion. This article discusses therelevance of the thesis of a mediatisation of religion presented by StigHjarvard for studying religious transformation in a modern, Western society.Though the theory contributes to sociology of religion through its focus onhow the characteristics of modern mass media relate to the processes ofsecularisation, the narrow approach to religion and to the interplay betweenmodernisation and religion in the thesis so far limits its validity. This articlesuggests two starting points for the development of a theory to better graspthe implications of mediatisation of religion in the contemporary world; first,an understanding of religion that better acknowledges the complexities ofmodern religion and second, an understanding of mediatisation that alsoacknowledges the agency of religious actors to take part in the shaping ofmedia as well as modern society.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London: Routledge , 2011. Vol. 12, no 2, 153-166 p.
mediatisation; secularisation; modernisation; mediation
Religious Studies Media and Communications
Research subject Sociology of Religion
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-155111DOI: 10.1080/14755610.2011.579738OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-155111DiVA: diva2:423908