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The Significance of Non-Participatory Digital Religion

TitleThe Significance of Non-Participatory Digital Religion
Publication TypeBook Chapter
AuthorsScheifinger, H
Book TitleDigital Hinduism: Dharma and Discourse in the Age of New Media
PublisherLexington Books
Digital Religion, Hinduism, non-participatory

This edited volume seeks to build a scholarly discourse about how Hinduism is being defined, reformed, and rearticulated in the digital era and how these changes are impacting the way Hindus view their own religious identities. It seeks to interrogate how digital Hinduism has been shaped in response to the dominant framing of the religion, which has often relied on postcolonial narratives devoid of context and an overemphasis on the geopolitics of the Indian subcontinent post-partition. From this perspective, this volume challenges previous frameworks of how Hinduism has been studied, particularly in the West, where Marxist and Orientalist approaches are often ill-fitting paradigms to understanding Hinduism. This volume engages with and critiques some of these approaches while also enriching existing models of research within media studies, ethnography, cultural studies, and religion.
Book Editors

Murali Balaji