Synopses & Reviews
How do religious audiences react to and use the media? How do institutional religious influences and expectations affect how they experience media news and entertainment?
Drawing on theory and empirical research, contributors to Religion and Mass Media explore these questions from Jewish, Roman Catholic, Evangelical, Protestant, Fundamentalist and Mormon audience perspectives. The book looks at recent theoretical developments in the sociology of religion and communication theory; offers an overview of specific religious beliefs; examines audience behaviour; and describes specific case studies including the use of gospel rap and contemporary music in black religious communities.
This research on the uses of mass media across diverse Christian traditions is both original and provocative. By focusing on what audiences perceive and how they respond, Religion and Mass Media is able to illuminate the experience of faith at a time when devotion is seen as a dimension of individuality best suited to the privacy of one's home. Professors Daniel A. Stout and Judith M. Buddenbaum should be commended for helping advance the study of religion and mass communication in the United States. --John P. Ferre, Associate Professor of Communication, University of Louisville How do religious audiences react to and use the mass media? Religion and Mass Media is an audience-centered examination that reveals how a variety of Christian traditions experience media news and entertainment--in the context of institutional religious influences and expectations. Drawing on social science theories and empirical research methodologies, the contributors explore responses from Roman Catholics, Fundamentalists, Evangelicals, mainline Protestants, and Mormons and a variety of other traditions. In the first section, contributors set the framework by describing recent theoretical developments in the sociology of religion and communication theory. Section two provides an overview of the particulars of certain religious beliefs, section three looks at audience behavior, section four describes specific case studies (including one on rap music), and section five looks at the changing information environment and the future. Students and professionals in communication, sociology, sociology of religion, and anthropology will find this volume to be both informative and insightful--an excellent supplement.
Table of Contents
Introduction : toward a synthesis of mass communication research and the sociology of religion / Daniel A. Stout, Judith M. Buddenbaum -- Religion and mass media use : a review of the mass communication and sociology literature / Judith M. Buddenbaum, Daniel A. Stout -- Catholicism, conscience, and censorship / Ted G. Jelen -- Mainline Protestants and the media / Judith M. Buddenbaum -- Evangelicals' uneasy alliance with the media / Quentin J. Schultze -- Fundamentalism and the media, 1930-1990 / Margaret Lamberts Bendroth -- Protecting the family : Mormon teachings about mass media / Daniel A. Stout -- Religion, mass media, and tolerance for civil liberties / Tony Rimmer -- The role of religion in newspaper trust, subscribing, and use for political information / Judith M. Buddenbaum -- The role of religion in public attitudes toward religion news / Judith M. Buddenbaum, Stewart M. Hoover -- The passionate audience : community inscriptions of The last temptations of Christ / Thomas R. Lindlof -- Keeping the faith : the roles of selective exposure and avoidance in maintaining religious beliefs / Sam G. McFarland -- Diversity from within : an analysis of the impact of religious culture on media use and effective communication to women / JoAnn Myer Valenti, Daniel A. Stout -- Use of mass media for political information in a middletown Quaker meeting / Judith M. Buddenbaum -- How Mennonites use media in everyday life : preserving identity in a changing world / Sharon Hartin Iorio -- Rappin' for the Lord : the uses of gospel rap and contemporary music in Black religious communities / Cheryl Renâee Gooch -- Mormons, mass media, and the interpretive audience / Daniel A. Stout, David W. Scott, Dennis G. Martin -- Religion and the information society / Jorge Reina Schement, Hester C. Stephenson.