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Shopping for Jesus: faith in marketing in the USA

Janes, Dominic (2008) Shopping for Jesus: faith in marketing in the USA. Washington, U.S.: New Academia Publishing. ISBN 9780980081435.

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Abstract

Book synopsis: This volume explores the connections between faith, the presentation of belief and the processes by which it is sold and consumed. The contributors have all been researching the way in which religion operates in a market culture and the degree to which one can use the notions of branding, advertising and marketing to understand missionary and revival activities. Conversely, one might ask whether religious methods of self-promotion underlay the development of some of the techniques of private enterprise. The contributors come from theology, history, art history, literature and business studies backgrounds. This edited collection breaks new ground by presenting a line-up of case studies on the issue of the boundaries of business, Christian religion and visual culture which have been selected so as to provide a wide range of comparative textual, visual and material evidence. "The 'marketing of religion' has become a subject of renewed interest in recent years, engaging scholars from traditional areas of inquiry (religious studies, theology), but also those in business, performance studies, and the social sciences.These essays promise to help us understand not simply what is done or how it is done, but what interpretive strategies and options help to discern layers of meaning and significance in cultural products like advertisements, film, and religious tracts.

Item Type: Book
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Arts > History of Art
Depositing User: Administrator
Date Deposited: 07 Apr 2011 14:32
Last Modified: 08 Apr 2014 12:05
URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/1405

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