Title

Webs of connectivity: Foundations of the Neopagan Internet community

Date of Award

2010

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

Religion

Advisor(s)

M. Gail Hamner

Keywords

Neopagan, Internet, Witchcraft, Wicca, Online

Subject Categories

Religion

Abstract

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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