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Religion on the Radio: Using Christmas religious broadcasting to reframe the sacred-secular interface

Deacy, Christopher (2019) Religion on the Radio: Using Christmas religious broadcasting to reframe the sacred-secular interface. Implicit Religion, 21 (1). pp. 1-43. ISSN 1463-9955. (doi:10.1558/imre.35647) (KAR id:66593)

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Abstract

This article examines the breadth and depth of religion in British radio by means of a case study of eight different BBC stations on 25 December 2015. It draws on previous research by Knott and Gill where pre-established definitions of religion, in which the category of ‘Conventional Religion’ is prioritized, have tended to obscure and underestimate the location and place of religion in British media and makes the case for utilizing a tighter rationale and methodology to better examine the relationship between religion and so-called 'secular' media. Using a comparative content analysis across 22 individual programmes and 44.5 hours of broadcasting, this article proposes that, with a more nuanced methodology, alternative and more challenging ways in which to seek, find and interact with religion on the radio can be identified, with key implications for both the category of religion and the BBC's own definition of the remit of 'religious broadcasting'.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1558/imre.35647
Uncontrolled keywords: Christmas, BBC radio, conventional religion, secular sacred, ordinary secular
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Arts and Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages
Depositing User: Chris Deacy
Date Deposited: 29 Mar 2018 12:46 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2021 13:53 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/66593 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Deacy, Christopher: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7695-6784
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