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1. Title Title of document 7 Who Serves Satan? - Sects & Stats
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country James Lewis; University of Tromsø; Norway
3. Subject Discipline(s) Religion; Cultural Anthropology; sociology
4. Subject Keyword(s) new religions; popular religion; conversion; identity construction; adolescent Satanism
5. Subject Subject classification Contemporary non-Christian & para-Christian cults & sects (HRQM)
6. Description Abstract With the exception of a certain subgenre of professional literature that focuses on the “problem” of adolescent Satanism, there have been no systematic analyses of how people become Satanists. Chapter Seven brings data from questionnaire research to bear on this issue, and draws on discussions of conversion to other alternative religions – particularly to contemporary Paganism – as lenses through which to interpret conversion to Satanism. The chapter’s conclusion also raises the question of whether declaring oneself to be a member of an anarchistic Internet religion should properly be considered “conversion” or whether it would be more appropriate to regard the adoption of the label “Satanist” as being a form of identity construction.
7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 01-Nov-2014
10. Type Status & genre Peer-reviewed Article
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12. Format File format PDF
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14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.24754
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; Sects & Stats
16. Language English=en en
18. Coverage Geo-spatial location, chronological period, research sample (gender, age, etc.) New Zealand; Australia; Global,
age; education; income; gender; religious background; initial contact
19. Rights Copyright and permissions Copyright 2014 Equinox Publishing Ltd