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Anthropological Perspectives on the Religious Uses of Mobile Apps

Palgrave Macmillan

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  • Offers a wide-ranging consideration of religious app use in multiple religious and cultural contexts

  • Combines insights from digital anthropology with digital religion and media studies

  • Provides an anthropological perspective on important, contemporary questions of mediated culture

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Table of contents (11 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xvii
  2. Piety in the Pocket: An Introduction

    • Jacqueline H. Fewkes
    Pages 1-16
  3. Back Matter

    Pages 241-248

About this book

This edited volume deploys digital ethnography in varied contexts to explore the cultural roles of mobile apps that focus on religious practice and communities, as well as those used for religious purposes (whether or not they were originally developed for that purpose). Combining analyses of local contexts with insights and methods from the global subfield of digital anthropology, the contributors here recognize the complex ways that in-app and on-ground worlds interact in a wide range of communities and traditions. While some of the case studies emphasize the cultural significance of use in local contexts and relationships to pre-existing knowledge networks and/or non-digital relationships of power, others explore the globalizing and democratizing influences of mobile apps as communication technologies. From Catholic confession apps to Jewish Kaddish assistance apps and Muslim halal food apps, readers will see how religious-themed mobile apps create complex sites for potential new forms of religious expression, worship, discussion, and practices. 

Keywords

  • mobile technology
  • Islam
  • Christianity
  • Buddhism
  • modernity
  • digital religion
  • digital anthropology

Editors and Affiliations

  • Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, Florida Atlantic University, Jupiter, USA

    Jacqueline H. Fewkes

About the editor

Jacqueline H. Fewkes is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the Wilkes Honors College of Florida Atlantic University, USA. Dr. Fewkes is also the author of the books Locating Maldivian Women’s Mosques in Global Discourses (2019), and Trade and Contemporary Society along the Silk Road: An Ethno-history of Ladakh (2008).

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USD 84.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-030-26376-8
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
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  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book
USD 109.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book
USD 149.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)