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Greening Religion in Facebook: Can Digital Media Bridge the Gap Between Religion and Modernity?
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology. (CRS)
2014 (English)In: Journal of Religion, Media and Digital Culture, ISSN 2165-9214, Vol. 3, no 2, 57-81 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Through a case study of the Facebook page of a Jewish Orthodox environmental project based in Germany, this paper explores the ways in which religion and modernity might be made compatible and what role digital media plays in such interaction. On the basis of the empirical material gathered for this paper, the author presents a typology of religious-environmental processes of hybridization. The analysis draws from the concepts of multiple modernities, public religions and religious branding in order to discuss whether the combination of religion and modernity is enabled or compromised by the collapsing of boundaries between the public sphere and the marketplace in late modern societies. The findings suggest that Facebook and its affordances make possible the particular intersections of religion and environmentalism, of public sphere and marketplace, that are characteristic of the case under study.

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2014. Vol. 3, no 2, 57-81 p.
Keyword [en]
Facebook; Social Media; Judaism; Environmentalism; Hybridization
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Religious Studies
Research subject
Sociology of Religion; Media and Communication Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-263072OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-263072DiVA: diva2:856673
Available from: 2015-09-24 Created: 2015-09-24 Last updated: 2015-09-24

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