Navigating Praxis: Pagan Studies vs. Esoteric Studies

Authors

  • Amy Hale Golden Gate University

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1558/pome.v15i1-2.151

Keywords:

esoteric studies, methodology, Pagan studies.

Abstract

Pagan Studies and Esoteric Studies, while having somewhat different academic institutionalization patterns and methodological foci, are experiencing a greater convergence of subject matter and potential research approaches. This article compares the positions of the two fields with respect to their relationship to lived communities, academic objectivity and scholar activism, taking as a starting point the critiques of Pagan Studies made by scholar Markus Davidsen.

Author Biography

Amy Hale, Golden Gate University

Amy Hale is an adjunct professor in the Department of Liberal Studies at Golden Gate University in San Francisco.

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Published

2014-08-12

How to Cite

Hale, A. (2014). Navigating Praxis: Pagan Studies vs. Esoteric Studies. Pomegranate, 15(1-2), 151–163. https://doi.org/10.1558/pome.v15i1-2.151

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