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[ecrea] Book Announcement: Digital Culture and Religion in Asia (Routledge, 2015)

Wed Oct 07 20:33:03 GMT 2015

Digital Culture and Religion in Asia /(Routledge, 2015)

By Sam Han, Kamaludeen Mohamed Nasir

Series: Routledge Religion in Contemporary Asia Series

_About the Book_

This book critically analyses the functions and interconnectedness
between religion and digital media in a range of East Asian countries.
It discusses both how religious organizations make use of new
technologies, and also explores how new technologies are reshaping
religion in novel and interesting ways. Based on extensive research, the
book focuses in particular on Christianity in South Korea, Neo-Shintoism
in Japan, Falun Gong in China and Islam in Southeast Asia. Offering a
comparative perspective on a broad range of media practices including
video gaming, virtual worship, social networking and online
testimonials, the book also investigates the idea that use of technology
in itself mirrors religious practices. With an analysis of the impact of
religion and new technology on national consciousness in a range of
geographical locations, the authors offer a broadening of the scope
of the study of religion, culture and media.

_Table of Contents_

Introduction: Understanding Digital Culture and Religion in/of Asia 1.
Digital Christianity in Korea: Practical Affects and Additive Religion
2. Religion as moral infrastructure: The practice of neo-Shintoism in
Japan 3. Religion as propaganda: The Falun Gong’s Info-War 4. New
Media Islam in Southeast Asia 5. Hyper-Real Religions in Asia: Beyond
popular culture and popular religion 6. Religion for Millennials: The
Prospect of Religious Life and Identity in the New Asian Century 7. In
lieu of a conclusion

_About the Authors_

Sam Han is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Nanyang Technological
University (NTU) in Singapore and Adjunct Research Fellow at the Hawke
Research Institute of the University of South Australia.

Kamaludeen Mohamed Nasir is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

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