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.
|Title of host publication||Mediatized Religion in Asia|
|Subtitle of host publication||Studies on Digital Media and Religion|
|Editors||Kerstin Radde-Antweller, Xenia Zeiler|
|Place of Publication||New York|
|Publication status||Published - 2018|
|Name||Routledge Research in Digital Median and Culture in Asia|