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Journal of Media and Religion
J Media Relig

ISSN (printed): 1534-8423. ISSN (electronic): 1534-8415.

The Journal of Media and Religion addresses the broad question of how religion as a social and cultural phenomenon broadens understanding of mass communication in society. It is a forum for scholars, media professionals, and theologians to discuss media and religion from a social science viewpoint. This journal examines a full range of religious traditions (i.e., Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Eastern Religious Philsophies, and new/alternative religious movements). Articles reflect: institutional perspectives what religious groups teach their members about the role of mass media, art, and aesthetics, content perspectives how religion is depicted in media, audience perspectives behavior of religious audiences as well as general attitudes about religion in mass media, cultural perspectives media and religion in larger contexts, political perspectives religious participation in policy related to media, and technological perspectives how various media affect the nature of religious worship. The Journal of Media and Religion will: (1) Discuss implications of the growing interest in the relationship between religion and mass media, (2) Get beyond superficial and anecdotal assessments of this relationship through high standards of scholarship and peerreview, (3) Generate theory about the nature and behavior of religious audiences, (4) Explore more thoroughly the social and cultural impacts of religious involvement in public discourse about media, and (5) Provide a central forum for intellectual discussion among scholars in a number of relevant fields. Starting in 2002.

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