Webs of connectivity: Foundations of the Neopagan Internet community
Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
M. Gail Hamner
Neopagan, Internet, Witchcraft, Wicca, Online
This dissertation explores the current growth of Neopaganism in the United States. I contend that a key factor in this growth is the willingness of the Neopagan community to use the Internet for religious communication and practice. I explore two primary issues in this dissertation: First, how a religion defined as "nature-based" finds such expression through technology; second, why the Internet has contributed so much to the growth of this religious tradition. I argue that Internet use has become so widespread in this religion because that use is a natural outcome of Neopagan religious ideas; the Internet is not simply a means for communication in this religion, but an expression of the worldview Neopagans hold.
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Beall, Alyssa J., "Webs of connectivity: Foundations of the Neopagan Internet community" (2010). Religion - Dissertations. Paper 79.