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October 2021

American Neopaganism: The participants' social identities

Author(s): Russell, S. E.

Journal/Book: J Sci Stud Relig. 1999; 38: Brigham Young Univ 875 Swkt, Sociology Dept, Provo, UT 84602, USA. Soc Scientific Study Religion. 325-338.

Abstract: Social characteristics of Neopagans from across the United States are described on the basis 643 self-administered questionnaires. A majority of these new religionists are young to middle-aged adults; a slight majority are women; and most of them are white, working-class to middle-class, urbanites. Except for their rejection of traditional religion and selection of this innovative alternative, they are rather ordinary Americans. Neopaganism cannot be explained away by socially marginal participants. Yet, much more research and interpretation will be needed for an adequate scholarly understanding of this increasingly significant and intriguing new American religion.

Note: Article Jorgensen DL, Univ S Florida, Dept Religious Studies, CPR 107, 4202 E Fowler Ave, Tampa,FL 33620 USA

Keyword(s): RELIGIOUS MOVEMENTS; GODDESS; OCCULT


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