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Mediatization of Religion: Three Dimensions from a Latin American/Brazilian Perspective

Post-Graduate Communication Studies, Faculdade Cásper Líbero, São Paulo 01310-940, Brazil
Religions 2020, 11(10), 482; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel11100482
Received: 27 August 2020 / Revised: 16 September 2020 / Accepted: 18 September 2020 / Published: 24 September 2020
Research on the mediatization of religion seems to have become a major issue both for Social Sciences and Media Studies, although some core questions concerning its definitions and characteristics are still open to debate. This paper addresses some of these interrogations from a Latin American/Brazilian perspective, taking into the account some of the particular perspectives of the region. It draws on previous studies, combined with contemporary cases, to outline an overview of mediatization, as it has been studied by some Latin American scholars, in three dimensions: (1) Theoretical: Mediatization as an alternative path to ‘media and religion’ studies by focusing on the articulation between the media environment and religious practices, both institutional and individual; (2) cultural: Mediatization has drawn religion closer to media culture and entertainment, which has allowed churches and denominations to reach a wider audience; and (3) political: Mediatization has enabled religion to get a broader visibility in the public space and to have a say in social matters. These elements lead to the suggestion that mediatization of religion is a new way of living the religious experience in everyday life. View Full-Text
Keywords: mediatization; religion; communication theory; media studies mediatization; religion; communication theory; media studies
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Martino, L.M.S. Mediatization of Religion: Three Dimensions from a Latin American/Brazilian Perspective. Religions 2020, 11, 482.

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