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Ethnographies of the Esoteric: Introducing Anthropological Methods and Theories to the Study of Contemporary Esotericism
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Ethnology, History of Religions and Gender Studies, History of Religions.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9944-1241
2018 (English)In: Correspondences: Online Journal for the Academic Study of Western Esotericism, E-ISSN 2053-7158, Vol. 6, no 1, p. 1-23Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this article, we introduce the ContERN special issue on ethnographies of the esoteric. While the study of esotericism has been dominated by historical-philological scholarship, recent years have seen an increase in anthropological approaches to contemporary esotericism. We argue that this development provides the field not only with new tools, but also fresh perspectives on long-standing theoretical challenges. What are the implications of situating esotericism in particular ethnographic fieldsites? How does anthropological theory reflect on deep-rooted assumptions in the field? We address these questions using examples from the articles in the present special issue as well as other recent ethnographies of esoteric subject matter.

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2018. Vol. 6, no 1, p. 1-23
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Ethnography, the academic study of Western esotericism, rationality, colonialism, relativism, cultural theory
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-162466OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-162466DiVA, id: diva2:1266345
Available from: 2018-11-27 Created: 2018-11-27 Last updated: 2019-03-12Bibliographically approved

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