Impact Of De-Privatisation Of Religion

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De-Privatisation. Is this really happening?
Privatisation is a primary goal in neoliberalism. In layman’s terms, privatisation means passing control from the state to private ownership. Hoover believes that there is a de-privatisation of religion, which would be contrary to our discussion that religion reproduces the neoliberal self if true. Hoover discusses the central driver of de-privatisation of religion is religious differentiation through media. This can occur through media-generated images and icons or the media framing religious discourses and debates (Hoover, 2011). Hoover (2011) continues to argue that religion is de-privatising because it has a set of public relations in society and that religion is expressed in the public not just
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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is an excellent example of a religion that has been “active in mediating themselves” (Hoover, 2011, 618). Over the life of The Church of Jesus Christ started in just English, the Church now publishes teachings in 188 languages, and reaches audiences world-wide. Members of the Church are able to interact with each other all over the world through the use of media created by the Church headquarters. The Church has established religious meeting places and content on every continent, including countries such as: Ecuador, Chile, Bolivia, India, Hong Kong, South Korea, Botswana, Ghana, Namibia, Rwanda, Togo, and Zambia just to name a few! Not only does the Church mediate what they produce for their members and other interested parties, they also have to monitor what is being said about them and do what we may call damage control. Often times the Church is confused with other religions with similar names yet very different teachings. The Church uses its media to clear up confusion and publish the correct teachings online, through broadcasts, print and many other sources. “Across most of the 20th century, evangelical use of the media of television, film and the printed word has instantiated the notion that …show more content…
The neoliberalist view shows us that religion has taken advantage of the media technologies available to spread their word. I showed how religion can help reproduce the neoliberal self through globalisation and the diffusion of electronic communication in the global South. I the discussed how the deregulation of religion in the global South allows for more voices through more mediums. Also without the state involved, you can see that those who want to seek spirituality can without fear of reprimand from the state; or vice versa for those who may not want to practice religion. Next we addressed privatisation and showed that some may believe that religion is being de-privatised but for this essay, I conclude that religion is highly privatised. Because privatisation is a main concept within neoliberalism we can see how religion plays a role in the global South for reproducing the neoliberal self and was illustrated by the AltarMedia case study from Ghana. I then shared an example of the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints based in the USA but highly mediated throughout the global South, the opposite of the AltarMedia. Through discussing three main topics of neoliberalism and sharing two main case studies, it is clear that religion in the global South reproduces the neoliberal

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