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Title: Soundtracks of acrobatic selves: Fan-Site religion in the reception and use of the music of U2
Authors: Marsh, Clive.
Roberts, Vaughan S.
First Published: 11-Oct-2011
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Citation: Journal of Contemporary Religion, 2011, 26 (3), pp. 419-432.
Abstract: This article addresses the question of how responses to the arts and popular culture, as mediated through on-line fan activity, may contribute to the development of religious/spiritual exploration in contemporary Western societies. It offers a critical reading of 40 short essays posted by fans of the rock band U2 on a fan site from the perspective of how respondents expose their personal, critical reflections on their developing selves. The function of the U2 songs reflected upon, the listeners’ responses, the strategies/processes used, and the resources upon which they draw in the task of reflection are noted and examined. The article maps a multi-disciplinary programme for examining responses, uses one sociological framework (as provided by the work of Margaret Archer) as a case study of how this multi-disciplinary framework may prove fruitful, and concludes by noting the benefits for contemporary religious/theological understanding of the on-line activity studied.
DOI Link: 10.1080/13537903.2011.616037
ISSN: 1353-7903
eISSN: 1469-9419
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2011 Taylor & Francis. This is an electronic version of an article published in Journal of Contemporary Religion, 2011, 26 (3), pp. 419-432. Journal of Contemporary Religion is available online at:
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