Belk Library and Information Commons
Appalachian State University
Boone, NC 28608-2026
Curator of the Stock Car Racing Collection
What Is Religion?
In simplest terms, religion is a set of beliefs, often revolving around a superhuman presence, that relates humanity to spirituality and, sometimes, to moral values. Many religions have narratives, traditions, and symbols that are meant to explain the origin of life and give it meaning.
What Is Popular Culture?
There are almost as many definitions of popular culture as there are people. An all-purpose beginning definition is that popular culture, or mass culture, is a set of widely accepted values, conventions, or social practices within the characteristic features of everyday life. Pop culture includes arts, events, trends, and people that grab mainstream societal attention at a specific place or time.
For a more thorough discussion of popular culture consult some of the many popular culture materials in the Library collection, such as:
Danesi, Marcel. Popular Culture: Introductory Perspectives. HM621 D36 2008.
Geist, Christopher D., and Jack Nachbar. The Popular Culture Reader. 3rd. ed. E169.1 P5983 1983.
Opposing Viewpoints: Popular Culture. HM621 P654 2011.
Pendergast, Tom, and Sara Pendergast, eds. St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture. 3 vols. Ref E1691.1 S764 2000.
Popular Culture and Religion
This library guide is intended to help identify publications that use popular culture--movies, television, sports, etc.--to discuss religious issues. The publications are organized by general topic; use the tabs along the top of this page to pick your favorites.
This is a work in progress, so check back for new listings.
Some Databases that Cover Relgions and Popular Culture Topics
Listed here are some databases that cover journals which publish articles on popular culture and religion. Search for broader topics like Popular Culture or Television, or specific subjects like Breaking Bad or Harry Potter. For suggestions on databases that cover religion as well as many other subjects, see theReligion Library Guide or consult a librarian.
Provides citations to journal articles, essays in multi-author works, and book reviews from three ATLA print indexes: Religion Index One (RIO), Religion Index Two (RIT), and Index to Book Reviews in Religion (IBRR). Full text is provided for more than 285,300 electronic articles and book reviews, from 150 journals selected by leading religion scholars in the United States.
Covers religious and theological literature, including anthropology, business, history, law, medicine, philosophy, psychology, and sociology. Coverage: 1908-present
Provides citations with abstracts to scholarly research in philosophy. Over 620 journals are covered, with 80 percent of the records from journals and 20 percent from books.
Philosopher's Index covers the areas of ethics, aesthetics, social philosophy, political philosophy, epistemology, and metaphysic logic as well as material on the philosophy of law, religion, science, history, education, and language.