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    Branding Jews exotic: A Tumblr blog is documenting the way Jews are depicted in mainstream media

Branding Jews exotic: A Tumblr blog is documenting the way Jews are depicted in mainstream media

Keith Kahn-Harris began noticing that articles about Jews in mainstream media were often being illustrated with photographs of strictly orthodox (Haredi) Jews despite the fact that the articles rarely discuss Haredim directly. Here Kahn-Harris discusses why he started a blog to highlight this phenomenon. The tendency to use these images, he argues, have some disturbing features: homogenizing the British Jewish community and exoticising and othering […]

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    Social media as an allusion: Hindu activism and digital media

Social media as an allusion: Hindu activism and digital media

How has digital media impacted Hindu activism in the UK? Here John Zavos explores its role in Sewa Day – an annual day dedicated to social action among Hindu communities and others in Britain. He finds that, influenced by emerging digitally networked social movements, the presence of social media in Sewa Day operates partly as a kind of trope, […]

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    British Jews are using Facebook to create new “pop-up” communities

British Jews are using Facebook to create new “pop-up” communities

Social media has empowered young British Jews who are dissatisfied with existing communal structures to create their own shared spaces. Nathan Abrams finds that digital culture serves as an important sphere for religious self-definition as well as offering a new and different encounter with Judaism.

In 2008 a group of young Jews came together to form a new congregation to hold […]

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    Muslims in Europe are using digital counterpublics to challenge mainstream discourses

Muslims in Europe are using digital counterpublics to challenge mainstream discourses

Two young German Muslims are using online platforms to engage with the public on their own terms. The website muslime.tv and blog Ein Fremdwoerterbuch both illustrate the main features of counterpublics: documenting feelings of exclusion and misrepresentations by the mainstream public, circulation of alternative identity images, and criticism of mainstream public discourses. These spaces are increasingly needed, Asmaa Soliman finds, […]

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    From Pokémon Go to Hashtags: how digital and social media is changing the Church

From Pokémon Go to Hashtags: how digital and social media is changing the Church

What impact is social and digital media having on religion? Here Bex Lewis explores its impact on the Church. She finds that as the Church starts engaging its followers online it has become a space to debate issues, connect to others and reach people and, in turn, humanise the Church. Church activities are being taken back out into the […]