Mediatization and Religion

Nordic Perspectives
Editor(s): Mia Lövheim, Stig Hjarvard

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.

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Stig Hjarvard, Mia Lövheim

Mediatization, Public Media and the National Church

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

The Internet Mediatization of Religion and Church
Peter Fischer-Nielsen

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

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

The Mediatization of Social Conflicts

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

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

Religious Identity and a Changing Media Environment

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

Belonging through Believing: Becoming Muslim through Islamic Programming
Ehab Galal

Religion and Popular Media Culture

Danish Twilight Fandom: Transformative Processes of Religion
Line Nybro Petersen

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


Notes on the contributors