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Anthropological Perspectives on the Religious Uses of Mobile Apps

Editors: Fewkes, Jacqueline H. (Ed.)

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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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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. 

About the authors

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).

Table of contents (11 chapters)

Table of contents (11 chapters)
  • Piety in the Pocket: An Introduction

    Pages 1-16

    Fewkes, Jacqueline H.

  • Sufi Remembrance Practices in the Meditation Marketplace of a Mobile App

    Pages 19-41

    Sijapati, Megan Adamson

  • An Ambivalent Jewishness: Half Shabbos, the Shabbos App, and Modern Orthodoxy

    Pages 43-59

    Phillips, Robert

  • From Self-Learning Pathshala to Pilgrimage App: Studying the Expanding World of Jain Religious Apps

    Pages 61-82

    Vekemans, Tine

  • Latinx Muslims “Like” One Another: An Ethnographic Exploration of Social Media and the Formation of Latinx Muslim Community

    Pages 83-104

    Chitwood, Ken

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eBook 85,59 €
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Hardcover 106,99 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-26375-1
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Anthropological Perspectives on the Religious Uses of Mobile Apps
Editors
  • Jacqueline H. Fewkes
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-26376-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-26376-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-26375-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 248
Number of Illustrations
3 b/w illustrations, 5 illustrations in colour
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