From Library Journal
Berger (sociology, West Chester Univ.) has spent ten years doing participant-observation research among several inclusive groups (those that include both men and women) of witchcraft and neopagan practitioners in the Northeastern United States. Her fascinating study explores the beliefs and rituals of contemporary neopagans while examining the dynamics of change in this modern religious tradition as many of its early adherents reach middle age. Tracing the development of neopaganism in the United States over the last 30 years, Berger identifies both the wide diversity among witchcraft practitioners and the ideas that most of them share?reverence for nature, a feminist orientation, and a sense of community based on common beliefs. Clear and thorough references and an extensive bibliography round out this well-structured, scholarly work. Valuable for academic collections on new religious movements.?Elizabeth Anne Salt, Courtright Memorial Lib., Westerville, OH
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In the course of her conversion, Curott spent many hours reading about goddess religion in early cultures. In this way, Wiccans reject modernity, which is resolutely patriarchal, for something that is not so much postmodern as pre-postmodern or late modern. Like many postmodern theorists, they are comfortable with multiple realities. Intuition is as valid as rational argument; science works, but so does magic. -- The Los Angeles Times Sunday Book Review, Mary Lefkowitz