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Media-church. Ethnographie des dispositifs de médiatisation en milieu pentecôtiste charismatique

Abstract : Pentecostal Charismatic Churches are an ideal ground to analyse how mediatisation devices are turned into an organizing principle of the charismatic experience. Actually their rapid expansion is closely correlated to the use of new media, on the pattern of televangelists. These churches can therefore be defined as media-churches, since the mediatisation devices of the preachers’ theatrical achievement (regularly increased during cult by a simultaneous broadcast on large screens and a posteriori marketed in DVDs, or shown on the internet) are part of the ritual. This article is based on the idea that the various mediation processes constitute a founding operation of the religious belief. From two case studies led in Parisian suburbs, its aim is to analyse the influence exerted by these mechanisms over the production of charisma, through the specific way by which they configure the complex of relations within the ceremonial space.
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Damien Mottier. Media-church. Ethnographie des dispositifs de médiatisation en milieu pentecôtiste charismatique. MEI - Médiation et information, L'Harmattan, 2014, Religion et communication. ⟨hal-01684315⟩

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