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Book: Enchantment

Chapter: Re-Enchantment: New Religious Movements, Paganisms, and the Occult

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.43968


In this chapter, I build on themes raised in chapter two and engage with recent scholarship that describes the contemporary world as re-enchanted. This version of re-enchantment largely accepts the disenchantment thesis but points to the growth of new religious movements (e.g. Scientology, Wicca), the resurgence of various forms of paganism (e.g. Druidism), and renewed interest in occult practices (e.g. tarot cards, spirit mediums) as evidence that the disenchantment of the world is reversible.

Chapter Contributors

  • Ian Alexander Cuthbertson ( - iancuthbertson) 'Dawson College'