New Media, Religion, and Politics: A Comparative Investigation into the Dialogue between the Religious and the Secular in France and in Vietnam

TitreNew Media, Religion, and Politics: A Comparative Investigation into the Dialogue between the Religious and the Secular in France and in Vietnam
Type de publicationChapitre d'ouvrage
Année de publication2018
Titre de l'ouvrage In: Hunsinger J., Klastrup L., Allen M. (eds) Second International Handbook of Internet Research
LangueEnglish
Auteur(s)Hoang, A N.
EditeurSpringer
Ville, PaysDordrecht, the Netherlands
Résumé

This chapter aims to highlight the importance of studying religion within digital culture, through the mutual interactions between religion, digital media, and politics. It draws on a comparative empirical investigation into the place of religion in two very distinct societies, France and Vietnam, through two recent phenomena, namely the social circulation of the slogan of solidarity “Pray for Paris” on social media following the terrorist attacks in Paris on 13 November 2015; and, the process and the impacts of Vietnamese digital Catholic communication in the Church-State land disputes during the 2008-2010s. Challenging the dominant and popular assumption about religion as a source of anxiety for the public sphere, this study offers a discussion of a potential perspective of dialogue between the religious and the secular by the mediation of the sacred in our complex contemporary societies. Conceived of as an “in-between” category, “sacred forms” proved to be fecund and heuristic, by allowing to identify and to favor a productive tension between the religious and the secular, when facing with current diverse radicalisms of all kinds in the world.