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As the availability and use of media platforms continue to expand, the cultural visibility of religion is on the rise, leading to questions about religious authority: Where does it come from? How is it established? What might be changing it? The contributors to The Media and Religious Authority examine the ways in which new centers of power and influence are emerging as religions seek to “brand” themselves in the media age. Putting their in-depth, incisive studies of particular instances of media production and reception in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and North America into conversation with one another, the volume explores how evolving mediations of religion in various places affect the prospects, aspirations, and durability of religious authority across the globe.

An insightful combination of theoretical groundwork and individual case studies, The Media and Religious Authority invites us to rethink the relationships among the media, religion, and culture.

The contributors are Karina Kosicki Bellotti, Alexandra Boutros, Pauline Hope Cheong, Peter Horsfield, Christine Hoff Kraemer, Joonseong Lee, Alf Linderman, Bahíyyah Maroon, Montré Aza Missouri, and Emily Zeamer, with an afterword by Lynn Schofield Clark.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Half Title, Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Introduction
  2. Stewart M. Hoover
  3. pp. 1-12
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  1. Part I: Rethinking Authority in an Era of Media and Religious Change
  1. Chapter 1: Religious Authority in the Media Age
  2. Stewart M. Hoover
  3. pp. 15-36
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  1. Chapter 2: The Media and Religious Authority from Ancient to Modern
  2. Peter Horsfield
  3. pp. 37-66
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  1. Chapter 3: Media and (Vicarious) Religion: Two Levels of Religious Authority
  2. Alf Linderman
  3. pp. 67-80
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  1. Chapter 4: Religious Authority and Social Media Branding in a Culture of Religious Celebrification
  2. Pauline Hope Cheong
  3. pp. 81-102
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  1. Part II: Case Studies
  1. Chapter 5: Satellite Publics: Moral Identity and New Media in Moroccan Islam
  2. Bahíyyah Maroon
  3. pp. 105-124
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  1. Chapter 6: Examining All the Realms of Nature: Evidence, Insight, and the Quest for Knowledge in Modern Thailand
  2. Emily Zeamer
  3. pp. 125-149
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  1. Chapter 7: Cyber Memorial Zones and Shamanic Inheritance in Korea
  2. Joonseong Lee
  3. pp. 150-169
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  1. Chapter 8: Baadaass Mamas: Race, Sex, and Afro-Religiosity in Sankofa
  2. Montré Aza Missouri
  3. pp. 170-192
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  1. Chapter 9: Techno-Vodou: Transnational Flows in the Spiritual Marketplace
  2. Alexandra Boutros
  3. pp. 193-208
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  1. Chapter 10: Evangelical Media for Youth and Religious Authority in Brazil
  2. Karina Kosicki Bellotti
  3. pp. 209-227
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  1. Chapter 11: The Authority of the Image: Sex, Religion, and the Text/Image Conflict in Craig Thompson’s Blankets
  2. Christine Hoff Kraemer
  3. pp. 228-252
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  1. Afterword: The Media and Religious Authority
  2. Lynn Schofield Clark
  3. pp. 253-268
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  1. List of Contributors
  2. pp. 269-272
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 273-296
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  1. Back Cover
  2. p. 297
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