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Witchcraft: Changing Patterns of participation in the early twenty-first century


Ezzy, D and Berger, HA, Witchcraft: Changing Patterns of participation in the early twenty-first century, The Pomegranate, 11, (2) pp. 165-180. ISSN 1528-0268 (2009) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1558/pome.v11i2.165


There are indications that the phenomenal growth of Witchcraft and Paganism during the late twentieth and early twenty-first century may be slowing, based on statistics from selected search engines, websites, and blogs. In particular, inquisitive inquiry about contemporary Witchcraft - that is, those who are not Witches but are looking for information about it, such as seekers, dabblers, researchers, students doing term papers, and newspaper reporters - has declined since 2004. This decline, however, does not indicate that the religion is "dying out" because while the rate of increase has slowed it has not been eliminated; and of greater import, community networking appears to have remained stable, or possibly to have increased. Community networking can be seen in the use of Internet sites to share information about Witchcraft, upcoming rituals, or books and teachers, those participating in dialogue, or using the Internet as part of their spiritual work or for communications between coven meetings, or with coven members who are unable to attend. The statistics suggest that contemporary Witchcraft and Paganism may be in a period of change, in which there is a consolidation of membership with a slowing of the rate of new members, particularly among the young. Community building on the Internet continues to be important, but the intensity appears to be lessening, with indications of more people "posting" but doing so less frequently. We suggest that this indicates that Witchcraft is now entering a new phase of consolidation with less intense participation by members. © Equinox Publishing Ltd 2009.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Social change
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Understanding past societies
Objective Field:Understanding Europe's past
UTAS Author:Ezzy, D (Professor Douglas Ezzy)
ID Code:62661
Year Published:2009
Web of Science® Times Cited:4
Deposited By:Sociology and Social Work
Deposited On:2010-03-16
Last Modified:2011-11-30

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