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Esoteric currents as discursive complexes
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Ethnology, History of Religions and Gender Studies.
2013 (English)In: Religion, ISSN 0048-721X, E-ISSN 1096-1151, Vol. 43, no 1, 46-69 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

While the use of the term discourse is not uncommon in the study of religion, putting it into practical application in discourse-analytical approaches is. Similarly, while the esoteric is starting to be acknowledged as a legitimate field of inquiry, perspectives and approaches derived from the study of esotericism have thus far not had a big impact on the study of religion in a broader sense. In this article I will present a discourse-analytical approach to so-called esoteric currents, demonstrating how discourse analysis can be employed in the study of religion and the esoteric, as well as how it can be used to make the study of esotericism more relevant for religious studies in general.

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2013. Vol. 43, no 1, 46-69 p.
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social constructionism, discourse, esotericism, the Left-Hand Path, neopaganism, New Age
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History of Religions
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-101263DOI: 10.1080/0048721X.2013.742741ISI: 000330524200004OAI: diva2:700109


Available from: 2014-03-03 Created: 2014-03-03 Last updated: 2014-03-03Bibliographically approved

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