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Digital Culture and Religion in Asia (Hardcover) (Sam Han & Kamaludeen Mohamed Nasir)

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This book critically analyses the connections between religion and digital media in a range of East Asian countries. It discusses both how religious organisations 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.

This book examines the connection between new communication technologies and religion in a range of East Asian countries. It discusses both how religious organisations make use of new technologies, and also explores how new technologies are reshaping religion in novel and interesting ways. Based on extensive original research, it focuses in particular on Christianity in South Korea, Neo-Shintoism in Japan and the Falun Gong in China. Particular examples of new technology reshaping religion which are explored include: how Korean "mega-churches" create "media environments" and new forms of technological worship practice, which, interestingly, make easier participation by members of the Korean diaspora worldwide; how newer "sects" of Shintoism have used the internet to create on-line shrines; and how the Falun Gong has used the internet in its struggles with the Chinese Communist state. The book also explores the idea that use of new technology in itself mirrors religious practices, and discusses the impact of religion and new technology on national consciousness in the region.

Number of Pages: 129.0
Genre: Social Science
Sub-Genre: Ethnic Studies / General
Series Title: Routledge Religion in Contemporary Asia
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Author: Sam Han & Kamaludeen Mohamed Nasir
Language: English
Street Date: October 12, 2015
TCIN: 21498196
UPC: 9780415521857
Item Number (DPCI): 247-49-0153

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