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Cosmopolitanism, Nationalism, and Modern Paganism

  • Kathryn Rountree

About this book


This volume explores how Pagans negotiate local and global tensions as they craft their identities, both as members of local communities and as cosmopolitan “citizens of the world.” Based on cutting edge international  case studies from Pagan communities in the United States, Poland, Russia, Ukraine, Israel, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, and Malta, it considers how modern Pagans negotiate tensions between the particular and universal, nationalism and cosmopolitanism, ethnicity and world citizenship. The burgeoning of modern Paganisms in recent decades has proceeded alongside growing globalization and human mobility, ubiquitous Internet use, a mounting environmental crisis, the re-valuing of indigenous religions and new political configurations. Cosmopolitanism and nationalism have both influenced the weaving of unique local Paganisms in diverse contexts. Pagans articulate a strong attachment to local or indigenous traditions and landscapes, constructing paths that reflect local socio-cultural, political, and historical realities. However, they draw on the Internet and the global circulation of people and universal ideas. This collection considers how they confound these binaries in fascinating, complex ways as members of local communities and global networks. 


Modern Paganism Contemporary Paganism and Globalisation Native Faith Indigenous religion Indigenous culture Modern western Witchcraft New religions Nature and culture Internet and religion Ancestral Fire of Slavic Native Faith

Editors and affiliations

  • Kathryn Rountree
    • 1
  1. 1.AucklandNew Zealand

About the editors

Kathryn Rountree is Professor of Anthropology at Massey University, New Zealand.  She has published on contemporary Paganism in Malta and New Zealand, feminist spirituality, sacred sites, shamanism and animism. Books include Contemporary Pagan and Native Faith Movements in Europe (2015), Crafting Contemporary Pagan Identities in a Catholic Society (2010), Embracing the Witch and the Goddess (2004) and the co-edited Archaeology of Spiritualities (2012).

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Cosmopolitanism, Nationalism, and Modern Paganism
  • Editors Kathryn Rountree
  • Series Title Palgrave Studies in New Religions and Alternative Spiritualities
  • Series Abbreviated Title Palgrave Studies in New Religions and Alternative Spiritualities
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy Philosophy and Religion (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-137-57040-6
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-349-72032-3
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-137-56200-5
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIII, 276
  • Number of Illustrations 9 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Comparative Religion
    Cultural Anthropology
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