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Chris Klassen is assistant professor of religion and culture at Wilfrid Laurier University.
Table of Contents
Preface Introduction Images, Icons, and Identities Intersections and Integration Chapter Summaries Useful Resources - Print - Online 1. Religion and Popular Culture Defining a Religion - The Cognitive Approach - The Functional Approach - Return to the Cognitive - The "Lived Religion" Approach - Issues of Gender, Race, and Class - Applications and Interpretations Defining Popular Culture - Popular Culture Theorists Religion and Popular Culture - Religion in Popular Culture - Popular Culture in Religion - Popular Culture as Religion - Religion and Popular Culture in Dialogue Summary Review Questions Useful Resources - Print - Online 2. Marxist Approaches Marxist Theory and Political Application - Vladimir Lenin and Mao Zedong - Antonio Gramsci and Hegemony The Frankfurt School and Neo-Marxism - Theodor Adorno, Max Horkheimer and the Culture Industry Thesis - Walter Benjamin and Consumer Meaning-making Applying Marxist Theory - Selling Spirituality: Jeremy Carrette and Richard King - Commodified Religion: Jeffery A. Smith and Hollywood A Critique of Neo-Marxism: A Cultualist Position - Paul Heelas Summary Review Questions Useful Resources - Print - Online 3. Culturalism Raymond Williams Stuart Hall Culturalism and Religion: Encoding and Decoding - Clifford Geertz - Meredith McGuire - Christopher Partridge Applying Culturalism: Reading Zombies - Vodou Zombies - Hollywood Zombies Applying Culturalism: Reading Vampires - Milly Williamson and the Victorian Vampire - The Twilight Series - A Negotiated Reading of Vampires Applying Culturalism in an Evangelical Christian Structure of Feeling - Born Again - Associations with Evil: Lynn Schofield Clark - The Harry Potter Series Summary Review Questions Useful Resources - Print - Online 4. Performativity Ritual Studies and Performance Theory - Victoria Turner - Ronald Grimes - Catherine Bell Ritual and Performance Judith Butler and Bodies That Matter Applying Performance Theory: From Madonna to Hockey - Pop Icons: Madonna - Pop Icons: Lady Gaga - Sports Summary Review Questions Useful Resources - Print - Video - Online 5. Feminist Theories Feminisms - First Wave - Second Wave - Third Wave - Representation Applying Feminist Theory: From the Sacred Feminine to Girl Power - Mary Magdalene and the Sacred Feminine: The Da Vinci Code - Mythology, Girl Power, and Wonder Woman Summary Review Questions Useful Resources - Print - Video - Online 6. Racism and Anti-racism Race - Racial Classification and the Slave Trade - Franz Boas, Theodosius Dobzhansky, and M.F. Ashley-Montague Paul Gilroy - Nationalism, Fascism and Racism - Anti-racism and Black Liberation bell hooks - White Supremacist Capitalist Patriarchy - Representation and Identity Construction Applying Anti-Racist Cultural Theory: Rap and Hip Hop - Background - Secular Music: Rap - Holy Hip Hop Summary Review Questions Useful Resources - Print - Video - Audio 7. Orientalism Edward Said - The Orientalist Image and an Essentialist Identity Islamophobia Applying Orientalism: The Hollywood Terrorist and the Oriental Monk - Aladdin and the Arab Ineptitude - True Lies and the Dangerous Arab - The Siege Applying Orientalism: The Oriental Monk - Kung Fu - Kung Fu Panda and Broken Blossoms or the Yellow Man and the Girl Applying Orientalism: -Reel Injuns-? - Avatar Challenging Orientalism: Multiculturalism - Little Mosque on the Prairie Challenging Orientalism: Visual Sovereignty - Atanarjuat Summary Review Questions Useful Resources - Print - Video 8. Subcultures and Post-subcultures Dick Hebdige and the CCCS - Sites of Resistance Post-Subcultural Theory - Sarah Thornton and the Subcultural Capital - David Muggleton and the Rejection of Metanarratives - Michel Maffesoli and Neo-tribalism - Graham St John and "Carnivals of Protest" (Post)-Subcultures and Religion - Jennifer Porter, Edward Bailey, and Implicit Religion Subcultural Theory Applied: Goth As Implicit Religion - Amy Wilkins and Style - Stan Cohen and Moral Panic - Anna Powell and the Parareligious - Julia Winden Fey and Cult/ure Post-subcultural Theory Applied: Burning Man Festival - Lee Gilmore and Burning Man Spirituality - Steven T. Jones and Counterculture - Burners Without Borders Summary Review Questions Useful Resources - Print - Online 9. Digital Media and Hyper-real Religion Media Studies - Marshall McLuhan - Neil Postman Digital Media - Andrea L. Press and Bruce A. Williams: Digital Options and Interactions - Henry Jenkins: Convergence and Collective Intelligence - Rachel Wagner and the Digitally Sacred? Hyper-realism - Jean Baudrillard and Simulation - Umberto Eco and the "Absolute Fake" - Adam Possamai and Postmodern Religion Applying Media Studies: Virtual Christianity in Second Life - Phylis Johnson and Virtual Life - Sher Salmson and a Virtual Church Applying Media Studies: Hyper-real Religion in World of Warcraft - Stef Aupers and Hyper-real Religion - Lauren Bernauer and Christian Gaming Summary Review Questions Useful Resources - Print - Online Conclusion: Multiple Readings of Avatar Marxist or Neo-Marxist Theories Culturalism Performativity Feminist Theories Race and Racism Orientalism Subcultures and Post-Subcultures Digital Media Useful Resources - Print Glossary References Index