Media Perceptions and Religious Change in Australia: Of Dominance and Diversities

1st Edition

Enqi Weng

December 19, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 205 Pages
ISBN 9780367192570 - CAT# K417566
Series: Routledge Studies in the Sociology of Religion


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This volume explores the contradiction between the news coverage given to issues of religion, particularly since 2001 in relation to issues such as terrorism, politics, security and gender, and the fact of its apparent decline according to census data. Based on media research in Australia, and offering comparisons with the UK, the author demonstrates that media discussions overlook the diversity that exists within religions, particularly the country’s main religion, Christianity, and presents religion according to specific interpretations shaped by race, class and gender, which in turn result in very limited understandings of religion itself. Drawing on understandings of the sacred as a non-negotiable value present in religious and secular form, Media Perceptions and Religious Change in Australia calls for a broader sociological perspective on religion and will appeal to scholars of sociology and media studies with interests in religion and public life.

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