Witches, Wiccans, and Neo-Pagans

Síân Lee Reid and Shelley Tsivia Rabinovitch

in The Oxford Handbook of New Religious Movements

Published in print July 2008 | ISBN: 9780195369649
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

Witches, Wiccans, and Neo-Pagans


The study of the Neo-Pagan movement has also begun to emerge as a distinctive subfield within new religious movement (NRM) studies. This article surveys this area of study via a literature review of the primary books in the field. The survey leads into an analysis of the movement in terms of the ideas of three theorists of late modernity—Anthony Giddens, Michel Maffesoli, and Jürgen Habermas. These theorists are then brought to bear on a discussion of the issue of Neo-Pagan institutionalization, which is a hotly debated topic among movement participants.

Keywords: late modernity; Neo-Pagan movement; Anthony Giddens; Michel Maffesoli; Habermas; institutionalization

Article.  9063 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Alternative Belief Systems

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