The Internet highway and religious communities: Mapping and contesting spaces in religion-online

Pauline Cheong, Jessie P H Poon, Shirlena Huang, Irene Casas

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We examine "religion-online," an underrepresented area of research in new media, communication, and geography, with a multilevel study of the online representation and (re)presentation of Protestant Christian organizations in Singapore, which has one of the highest Internet penetration rates in the world and also believers affiliated with all the major world religions. We first critically discuss and empirically examine how online technologies are employed for religious community building in novel and diverse ways. Then we investigate the role religious leaders play through their mental representations of the spatial practices and scales through which their religious communities are imagined and practiced online. We show how churches use the multimodality of the Internet to assemble multiple forms of visible data and maps to extend geographic sensibilities of sacred space and create new social practices of communication.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)291-302
Number of pages12
JournalInformation Society
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 2009


  • Community
  • Geographic information system communication
  • Internet
  • New media
  • Public participation
  • Religion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Management Information Systems
  • Cultural Studies
  • Information Systems
  • Political Science and International Relations


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