Methods of Compassion or Pretension? Conducting Anthropological Fieldwork in Modern Magical Communities


  • Jone Salomonsen



Neo-Paganism, Wicca, Witchcraft, feminism, feminist witches


The community I came to study was the Reclaiming Collective of San Francisco, a well-known feminist Witchcraft community founded in 1979 by Starhawk and her coven sisters .

Author Biography

Jone Salomonsen

Jone Salomonsen obtained her PhD in Theology and Cultural Anthropology in 1996 from the University of Oslo, where she teaches in the Faculty of Theology. She holds a three year post doctorate grant from the Norwegian Research Council to research confirmation and initiation rituals for young people.


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How to Cite

Salomonsen, J. (2020). Methods of Compassion or Pretension? Conducting Anthropological Fieldwork in Modern Magical Communities. Pomegranate, 4–13.