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by David Lyon

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Author: David Lyon
Publisher: Polity (July 26, 2000)
Language: English
Pages: 200
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David Lyon is a Christian sociologist who has studied religion for decades, and so he approaches the subject . That book is Jesus in Disneyland. This book could have been summarized in 5 paragraphs, not over 100 pages.

David Lyon is a Christian sociologist who has studied religion for decades, and so he approaches the subject matter as a sympathetic professional. He has also done a lot of work on the idea of postmodernity and information technologies (especially how new technologies enable surveillance). He says something on one page and then says the exact same thing on the other page except he uses new sociological ways of saying.

David Lyon argues that religion is not declining with the shift from modernity to postmodernity, rather it. .

David Lyon argues that religion is not declining with the shift from modernity to postmodernity, rather it is simply relocating to the 'sphere of consumption' as people selectively choose which aspects different religions to use at different points in their lives. Lyon uses the example of Christian singers appearing on stage at Disneyland during religious festivals, amidst all of the other Disney paraphernalia going on around them, to illustrate how religion has adapted to fit the postmodern society: it is no longer confined to traditional settings, and has become part of a more diverse, chaotic and fluid postmodern social landscape.

In my contribution for this book, dedicated to my teacher and friend Jan Visser, I want to express my gratitude for the time and interest he showed for the projects I am working on, and value his enthusiastic involvement in such diverse fields as church, science and society.

Readers familiar with David Lyon's previous work will find in Jesus in Disneyland the same combination of.This interesting book explores the implications of postmodernity on religion

The book elucidates the subtle shift in the world of religion from obligation to consumption - a state of affairs that we need to know more about. This interesting book explores the implications of postmodernity on religion. At the same time it questions the centrality of the secularization thesis in sociology of religion as well as calling for reflexivity as a more central aspect of sociological endeavour.

Jesus in Disneyland (2000) investigated the ways in which religious activities are . Jesus in Disneyland: Religion in Postmodern Times.

Each book refers to Lyon’s concept of the "card cartel" as a means of understanding the political economy of IDs at a time when "showing ID" has become a central – and novel – feature of social relations around the world.

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In this lively and accessible study, David Lyon explores the relationship between religion and postmodernity, through the central metaphor of 'Jesus in Disneyland.'
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Nirad
David Lyon has written an extremely thorough account of religious structures in the post-modern age. While the title may seem a bit flippant, it is a "metaphor" for some rather deep issues and discussions about religion and what its changing nature means for people living in the real world.

Moving through a range of different aspects, Lyon covers a lot of ground and uses some recent events as cases for exploring them. The increased individualisation, consumerism and the way religion is used to construct identity in a culture that lacks significant metanarratives are among them. Although the book is extremely accessible, it should be noted that Lyon firmly connects the book into the wider sociological field, interacting and responding to other sociologist's works, including Max Weber, Manuel Castells and many more.

For a book that focuses on religious faith and identity from a sociological viewpoint, this is a fantastic read and is recommended for anyone with an interest in post-modernity and/or religion, whether you are studying or working sociology or not.
Runemane
Insightful while a bit repetitive.
Rose Of Winds
I've been interested in the postmodern for a while now (metanarratives, floating signifiers and all that). But this book has changed the way I look at it. For one thing, David Lyon is less interested in rarified philosophical discussions than he is in investigating the social structures in which we live. He's less interested in the ivory tower discussions on postmodernism than in our shared cultural and social context -- where we actually live.

David Lyon is a Christian sociologist who has studied religion for decades, and so he approaches the subject matter as a sympathetic professional. He has also done a lot of work on the idea of postmodernity and information technologies (especially how new technologies enable surveillance). He has a knack for drawing on a wide range of scholarship, and making subtle and complex ideas accessible for the intelligent non-expert. His book on secularization from 1985, The Steeple's Shadow, has helped me more than any other single book in understanding the social dynamics of this secular age (and he covers some of the same ground in Jesus in Disneyland). He made the effect of modernity on religion clearer. In Jesus in Disneyland, he provides the same, useful service here, but in regard to postmodernity rather than moderntiy.

He begins his analysis by telling about a Christian event held at Disneyland at Anaheim, California, USA. Some saw an unholy mingling of the holy with the secular, of the Savior with the Mouse. The participants saw it as a way of using a popular venue to reach others for Christ. Who was right? Does using Disneyland trivialize the faith, or make it more accessible to seekers? The answer, which he spends the rest of the book unraveling, is, of course, "Yes"- that is, both are true. Disney becomes a metaphor for the way postmodernity, with its accent on image, consumption, entertainment, globalization, etc. changes the way we understand what is deepest about reality.

One of the reasons I trust Lyon to guide me through this complex terrain is his balance. He doesn't play a cheerleader for postmodernity, announcing its arrival with a sort of breathless, quivering excitement (Douglas Ruskoff is the quintessential example, but it's also a pitfall that Brian McLaren falls into quite a few times). Neither does Lyon play the prophet of doom and gloom, announcing the end of all that is good and true and bright (a role I've seen Christian analysts play far too often). Rather, he soberly assesses both the corrosive effects of the new social situation and the potential opportunities.

So what is postmodernity? For Lyon, it is a complex social situation where some of the dynamics inherited from modernity are emphasized, some are de-emphasized, and some are distorted beyond recognition. He cites two dynamics as key for understanding postmodernity: the advent of computer information technologies, and consumerism. Computers have made the world smaller, faster. And they have made identities more fragmented. Global consumerism has marked a shift in understanding ourselves. We used to understand ourselves as producers. Now we understand ourselves as consumers, recipients of entertainment (I thought his chapter on consumerism, "Shopping for a Self," was itself worth the price of the book). He also looks at how these two dynamics (computer information technologies and consumerism) compress time and space. Now we demand (and get) information and images in an instant. And we get this information from anywhere. We simulate history and the future and other places on the globe, and take it for knowledge. And all of this has a decisive impact on how postmodern people view religion.

He spends the last, summary chapter, trying to point a way forward for the Christian Church. He suggests that the Church can spawn "communities of resistance" that go against the flow of consumerism. He argues that churches must be involved in the new media, fully knowing that such involvement runs the risk of being relativized as just another choice on the web. But it is a risk that churches must take, or be sidelined as a social movement. The church can also be a haven, an alternative to the speed of the postmodern world, a place to slow down.

One suggestion that I felt was missing was that Christians can be an important source of face-to-face relationships, providing a sense of wholeness for increasingly fragmented postmodern people. One sociologist has said that the world is becoming more hi-tech and low-touch. What people really needed, he said, was a place to come where the order of the day was low-tech, hi-touch - i.e. where a person could come and be appreciated as a human being, and find warm, secure relationships. But that in itself is a small omission. The only other omission that I see is that, having been based in Canada and England, he pays Continental Europe very little attention. But I believe that many of the social dynamics he examines in Canada, Britain and the U.S. also have continental analogies.

Overall, the book is fascinating, well researched, and gives a lot of food for thought. If you are going to know the social situation, you'd be well advised to read this book carefully.
Lost Python
I understand that alot of people like this book but I don't think that I should have to be subjected to the torture of reading through this whole text. I had the opportunity of reading just one chapter of this book and it would not have mattered if I had read the whole book. Lyon is repititive and boring and honesltly, I couldn't the book aloud without the temptation to fall asleep. I can't give a book to read instead but I can tell you a book to stay away from. That book is Jesus in Disneyland. This book could have been summarized in 5 paragraphs, not over 100 pages. He says something on one page and then says the exact same thing on the other page except he uses new sociological ways of saying. I think I can speak for all of my classmates when I say, I HEARD YOU THE FIRST TIME!
A budding undergraduate,
Derek Martin