Blogging My Religion: Secular, Muslim, and Catholic Media Spaces in Europe.

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Author: Anita Agostini
Date: Autumn 2019
Publisher: Berghahn Books, Inc.
Document Type: Article
Length: 796 words
Lexile Measure: 1510L

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Giulia Evolvi (2018), Blogging My Religion: Secular, Muslim, and Catholic Media Spaces in Europe (London and New York: Routledge), 174 pp., [pounds sterling]110, ISBN 9781138562110.

When considering religion in Europe, we might think growing secularisation has reduced religion's influence over societies, eventually relegating it to the private sphere. To the contrary, this book by Giulia Evolvi proves this situation is more complex than a simple separation of the public and the private. The author claims processes of increased visibility or republicisation of religion are taking place in Europe, stimulating religious change outside of institutional spaces. Indeed, to capture a glimpse of this change, Evolvi focuses on blogs wherein different groups - namely young Muslims, atheists and Catholic-inspired conservative groups - seek to gain visibility, drive their actions and construct their communal identities by confronting mainstream society.

The first chapter provides a comprehensive overview of the current state of academic research on both religion and the media. By borrowing Geertz's broad definition of religion as a system of symbols, Evolvi focuses on how, through digital venues, 'people experience, define, and communicate religious meanings in their own terms' (25). With regard to media theories, Evolvi draws on theories of mediation and...

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