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Introduction

Per Faxneld and Jesper Aagaard Petersen

in The Devil’s Party

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199779239
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199979646 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199779239.003.0000
Introduction

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This introductory chapter offers some basic elements to situate the study of Satanism. First, the nature of modern Satanism is delineated through a distinction between discourse on the satanic and satanic discourse. This distinction relates to the difference between cultural stereotypes and self-ascribed satanic identities, a move from a negative other to a positive self through de-otherization. Second, the chapter provides a brief presentation of the history of Satanism, followed by a discussion of seminal research on the subject. The chapter concludes with a summary of chapters and an extensive bibliography useful for further study.

Keywords: Satanism; satanic discourse; de-otherization; history of Satanism; research on Satanism

Chapter.  6753 words. 

Subjects: East Asian Religions

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