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Vernacular meaning making: Examples of narrative impact in fiction film questioning the 'banal' notion in mediatization of religion theory
Dalarna University, School of Humanities and Media Studies, Religious Studies. (Visuell kultur)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7883-3251
2015 (English)In: Nordicom Review, ISSN 1403-1108, E-ISSN 2001-5119, Vol. 36, no 2, 143-156 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The outcome of an audience study supports theories stating that stories are a primary means by which we make sense of our experiences over time. Empirical examples of narrative impact are presented in which specific fiction film scenes condense spectators' lives, identities and beliefs. One conclusion is that spectators test the emotional realism of the narative for greater significance, connecting diegetic fiction experiences with their extra-diegetic world in their quest for meaning, self and identity. The 'banal' notion of the mediatization of religion theory is questioned as unsatisfactory in the theoretical context of individualized meaning-making processes. As a semantically negatively charged concept, it is problematic when analyzing empirical examples of spectators' use of fictional narratives, especially when trying to characterize the idiosyncratic and complex interplay between spectators' fiction emotions and their testing of mediated narratives in an exercise to find moral significance in extra-filmic life. Instead vernacular meaning-making is proposed.

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2015. Vol. 36, no 2, 143-156 p.
Keyword [en]
mediatization of religion, film, spectator, meaning-making, banal, vernacular
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Cultural Studies Religious Studies Studies on Film
Research subject
Intercultural Studies, Filmengagemang och självets utopiska reflexivitet - den rörliga bildens förmåga att beröra människa på djupet.; Intercultural Studies; Education and Learning
URN: urn:nbn:se:du-13339DOI: 10.1515/nor-2015-0022OAI: diva2:667744
Spectator engagement and utopian self reflection
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