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St. Michael's College Courses
Jennifer Harris

Lynch  Popular culture “important because it can be a personally, culturally and socially transformative activity” 21  How to understand nature of contemporary society, what culture helps live good meaningful life, popular culture how encourage humane relatinoships and health  Study of religion in relation to the environment, resources and practices of everyday life (how pop culture shapes religious belief and activities or is appropriated by religious groups, how religion is represented in popular culture, and how religious groups interact with popular culture) 21 o Religious studies in recent years shft away from examining as “abstract systems of ritual and belief” towards exploring how “religions function in everyday contexts” 22 o How communicate religious experience and beliefs in context of consumer culture o How contermporary religion is shaped by “engaging with, or appropriating, practices, texts and resources that are used in wider contemporary culture” 23 o Religious motivation and practices and general cultural form, cultural appropriation o How religion rep in pop culture, become more “aware of cultural biases in the way in which we perceive particular individuals or groups” 24 o i.e. no “chrisitan terrorists” o what represenations ay about “wider biases, values and concerns in contemporary society” and hot they serve, benefit or damage peoples o “ideological critique,” broader concern with “isseus of representation in cultural criticism” o how religious groups relate to popular cultural texts and practices that they “perceive to be part of contemporary culure beyond the normal boundaries of that group” 24 o studying religious responsses to pop culture can make more aware of “guiding assumptions and methds that religious groups use to engage with popular culture, as well as issues of the nature and effects of popular cult
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