Digital Culture and Religion in Asia

1st Edition

Sam Han, Kamaludeen Mohamed Nasir

Routledge
Published January 12, 2018
Reference - 130 Pages
ISBN 9781138476196 - CAT# K348298
Series: Routledge Religion in Contemporary Asia Series

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Summary

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.

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