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Religion and Popular Culture in America, Third Edition

Bruce David Forbes (Author), Jeffrey H. Mahan (Author)


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The connection between popular culture and religion is an enduring part of American life. With seventy-five percent new content, the third edition of this multifaceted and popular collection has been revised and updated throughout to provide greater religious diversity in its topics and address critical developments in the study of religion and popular culture.
Ideal for classroom use, this expanded volume
  • gives increased attention to the implications of digital culture and the increasingly interactive quality of popular culture
  • provides a framework to help students understand and appreciate the work in diverse fields, methods, and perspectives
  • contains an updated introduction, discussion questions, and other instructional tools

Bruce David Forbes is Professor of Religious Studies at Morningside College. He is the author of Christmas: A Candid History and America's Favorite Holidays: Candid Histories.
Jeffrey H. Mahan holds the Ralph E. and Norma E. Peck Chair in Religion and Public Communication at the Iliff School of Theology. His books include Religion, Media, and Culture: An Introduction, Shared Wisdom, and American Television Genres.


“A solid introduction to the dialogue between the disciplines of cultural studies and religion.”—Religious Studies Review

“You have in your hands an indispensable guide to thinking about popular culture. Forbes and Mahan show how our entertainments are not just things we consume but objects that define how we express our political sentiments and social identity. Funny, fresh, and sharp—every essay is a gem.”Kathryn Lofton, Yale University

“The revised edition of this groundbreaking volume demonstrates how popular culture remains vital to the study of religion and how insights from the practices and narratives of religion in turn illuminate popular culture. A thorough overview for students and researchers alike.”—S. Brent Plate, author of Religion and Film: Cinema and the Re-Creation of the World

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