Media Perceptions of Religious Changes in Australia: Of Dominance and Diversity

1st Edition

Enqi Weng

Routledge
Published December 5, 2019
Reference - 184 Pages
ISBN 9780367192570 - CAT# K417566
Series: Routledge Studies in the Sociology of Religion

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Summary

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 of Religious Changes 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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