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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. This edition also adds to the end of each chapter new the pedagogical tools of discussion questions and key term glossaries.
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.
Bruce David Forbes is Professor of Religious Studies at Morningside College. He is the author of Christmas: A Candid History and coeditor of Religion and Popular Culture in America.
"You have in your hands an indispensable guide to thinking with 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 help 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