“Aren’t you happy?”: Healing as Mediatized Nationalism in a Compressed Modernity

Sam Han

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    This chapter examines mediatization as an analytical concept for case studies in a context whereby modernity is somewhat different from the West, specifically northern Europe. It explores a phenomenon called healing, which sits at the margins of the institutionalist orientation of mediatization theory as represented by S. Hjarvard and F. Krotz. The chapter provides an instance of mediatization of religion and politics within a social theoretical backdrop unique to East Asia called compressed modernity. It presents boom in products and services claiming to provide healing in South Korean media and popular culture, including televised talk shows based on healing. Banal nationalism is connected to cultural identity. The chapter outlines healing smuggles in more accurately, ideas and values about how to live and survive in a compressed modern context, amounting to a mediatization of religion and politics. It demonstrates that there is a clear media format detectable in the work that draws from the spiritual/religious history of Korea.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationMediatized Religion in Asia
    Subtitle of host publicationStudies on Digital Media and Religion
    EditorsKerstin Radde-Antweller, Xenia Zeiler
    Place of PublicationNew York
    Number of pages16
    ISBN (Electronic)9781351691420
    ISBN (Print)978-1-138-04824-9
    Publication statusPublished - 2018

    Publication series

    NameRoutledge Research in Digital Median and Culture in Asia


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