Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

A Coming Home: Neo-Paganism and the Search for Community
by Collins, Loleta Bonita, M.A., Miami University, 2002, 77; 10817927
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this paper is to demonstrate the cultural responsibility Western suburban life has when it comes to creating a desire for community. This study demonstrates the rejection of suburban culture throughout modern U. S. history and shows how this rejection has lead to the revival of Pagan religions. These Neo-Pagan traditions have arrived as a response to homogenized suburban life, and as a reaction against the stereotypes set forth by Christianity. This investigation was accomplished by using methods of Comparative Religious studies to analyze the trends in contemporary Paganism. The trends studied include the Neo-Pagan presence in written works and in cyberspace. Furthermore, this paper sets forth the idea of contemporary Paganism as a reaction to Post-Modernism, which becomes the foundation for future studies.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Williams, Peter
School: Miami University
Department: Religion
School Location: United States -- Ohio
Source: MAI 57/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Religion
Keywords: Community, Contemporary united states history, Individuality, Neo-paganism
Publication Number: 10817927
ISBN: 978-0-355-84487-0
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