Going to the cinema, listening to music, supporting a sports team, shopping, reading popular fiction, and watching TV are aspects of our engagement with popular culture. Yet, what does religionhave to do with watching the latest film or religion with buying a new car? "The SCM Core Text Religion and Popular Culture" engages with the 'texts' and practices of popular culture and encourage readers and students to more clearly understand the relationship between religion and everyday life. Areas covered will include 'texts' such as popular film and television, popular music, and popular fiction, as well as practices such as sport and consumerism. Learning how to understand the texts and practices of popular culture involves understanding the historical relationship between. This title also covers Christianity and culture (as represented in scripture and tradition) as well as various 20th and 21st century developments in the theology of culture. In addition to encountering this historical survey, the book encourages readers to develop their own methodological skills necessary for cultural analyses.
Dr Steve Knowles is Senior Lecturer in Religion and Popular Culture at the University of Chester
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