New media, including digital and social media, play a central role in producing and reproducing socio-cultural and religious practices. Its presence has not only resulted in changes to the ways in which religious beliefs are practiced, but has also altered the way religious meanings are expressed. How has new media technology informed and influenced religious engagement and participation? In what ways has new media technology enabled religious groups to practice and preach their religious beliefs to a broader audience? To what extent has the emergence of social media and social networking sites shaped religious discourses and religious practices? This volume offers a unique, Africa-centred perspective in response to these questions. While presenting new scholarly developments in the fields of media, religion and culture in Africa, this book also provides empirical and theoretical insights into the intersection between new media and religion.
Gabriel Faimau is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Sociology of the University of Botswana. He is also Visiting Lecturer at the Botswana International University of Science and Technology (BIUST).William O. Lesitaokana is Senior Lecturer at the University of Botswana, where he teaches undergraduate courses in New Media, Media Production, and Media Technology. His research focuses on media audiences, media technology and society, cultural sociology and the role of the media in Botswana.