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Media, Culture, and the Religious Right

1998

Linda Kintz and Julia Lesage, editors

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The first comprehensive treatment of right-wing Christian media as a cultural phenomenon.

This important and timely collection is the first to provide a broad overview of the organizations, history, and media influences of the Christian right. Here, the best minds in media studies, sociology, political science, religious studies, and gay and lesbian studies come together to paint a revealing portrait of conservative Christian media today.

Contributors: Nancy T. Ammerman, Chip Berlet, Meryem Ersoz, Razelle Frankl, Steven Gardiner, Frances Guilfoyle, Eithne Johnson, Jeff Land, Ioannis Mookas, Laurie Schulze, and Anna Williams.

I know of no other anthology that brings together a range of scholars from diverse fields to discuss the impact of the Christian Right on both mainstream and more marginal media practices.Emphasizing the development of evangelism and the more recent political ambitions of conservative Christians, this volume sheds a much needed light on a neglected area of scholarship.

Gina Marchetti, University of Maryland and author of Romance and the "Yellow Peril"

As the religious right has increased in both power and visibility, there has been a commensurate growth in the prominence of Christian media. This important and timely collection is the first to provide a broad overview of the organizations, history, and media influences of the Christian right. Here, the best minds in media studies, sociology, political science, religious studies, and gay and lesbian studies come together to paint a revealing portrait of conservative Christian media today.

Striving for analysis rather than accusation, the contributors examine both symbolic structures and institutions. They lay out the interlocking themes found repeatedly in conservative religious ideology and provide a specific critique of the ways the Christian right has utilized the mass media. The book presents case studies of media that bridge conservative religion, culture, and politics and offers a detailed analysis of the role of media in particular advocacy campaigns, especially the attack on gay rights.

Topics include: training films and videos used by the Christian Coalition; the 700 Club as an example of the ideological operations of religious television; key figures such as Rush Limbaugh and religious psychologist Dr. Dobson; cable and satellite broadcasting and other new technologies and alternative media; Christian video and radio; and media’s effect on the organizing practices and political mobilization of the religious right. Several of the authors discuss the Internet, including newsgroups and listservs, as well as fax machines and other emerging technologies employed by religious conservatives.

Contributors: Nancy T. Ammerman, Hartford Seminary; Chip Berlet, Political Research Associates, Somerville, Mass.; Meryem Ersoz; Razelle Frankl, Rowan College; Steven Gardiner; Frances Guilfoyle; Eithne Johnson; Jeff Land, U of Oregon; Ioannis Mookas; Laurie Schulze; and Anna Williams.

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Linda Kintz is associate professor of English at the University of Oregon and the author of Between Jesus and the Market: The Emotions That Matter in Right-Wing America (1997). Julia Lesage is associate professor of English at the University of Oregon and is coeditor and cofounder of Jump Cut: A Review of Contemporary Media.

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I know of no other anthology that brings together a range of scholars from diverse fields to discuss the impact of the Christian Right on both mainstream and more marginal media practices.Emphasizing the development of evangelism and the more recent political ambitions of conservative Christians, this volume sheds a much needed light on a neglected area of scholarship.

Gina Marchetti, University of Maryland and author of Romance and the "Yellow Peril"

In this anthology, the best minds in critical cultural studies, sociology, political science, religious studies, gay/lesbian/bi-sexual studies, film, video, and broadcast analysis present the reader the broadest possible information available on conservative Christian media.

Gina Marchetti, University of Maryland and author of Romance and the "Yellow Peril"

I can't emphasize enough the timeliness and importance of this groundbreaking collection not only to scholarship in media studies and cultural studies, but to the broader liberal-left intellectual analysis of media politics. This book promises to be a major resource in the media-access battles that will continue to rage in this paradoxical era of mass media deregulation and government censorship in the arts.

Lisa Cartwright, University of Chicago and author of Screening the Body

The essays in this anthology explore the institutional structures of the religious right and the ideology being engendered through them, focuusing on the highly effective use of television, radio, and video to communicate the conservative Christian message. Contributors hope to provide resources for those liberals and feminists engaged in countering the right’s political influence.

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Media, Culture, and the Religious Right shows us something of what our time is, of how our time is mediated by and imbricated by with institutions, structures and alternate cultures about which we (leftist intellectuals, artists and activists) are likely to know very little. As this collection of essays reminds us, we need to know a hell of a lot. The volume should function as a guide, a handbook, a major resource. This book is a tool for political organization and this knowledge can be put to good use. We need to be alert to new coalitions, quick to read possibility and astute in understanding the religious right’s increasing mastery of media channels. This volume is an invaluable aid to these ends.

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A stimulating collection.

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