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Discrimination and modern Paganism: a study of religion and contemporary social climate

Hoadley, Elizabeth (2016) Discrimination and modern Paganism: a study of religion and contemporary social climate. Undergraduate Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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This work investigates attitudes of religious discrimination against Paganism and how the faith is lived as a culture. It closely examines how discriminatory attitudes against Paganism are translated into actions and how they have affect Pagan lives on an individual basis. This project also investigates the origins of discriminatory attitudes for non-Pagans, in order to better understand them. The research problem includes two basic parts: distinguishing discriminative actions and attitudes, and observing their effects on Pagans’ daily lives. The cycle of action and information involved in discrimination against Pagans is discussed in detail, including an analysis of the defense mechanisms employed by Pagans to mitigate the adverse effects of discrimination in their lives. The goal of this research is to add to current understandings of religious discrimination and how it can greatly influence Pagan practice and culture. The use of the results of this research will include but not be limited to: further studies on the cultural power of religious discrimination, the formation of greater public understanding of nontraditional religions and how they are affected by modern social climates, and the addition of a seldom heard voice into current conversations surrounding religious tensions in the modern world.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Hoadley, Elizabethliz.hoadley8@gmail.comEAH70
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairJohnson, Hannahhrj4@pitt.eduHRJ4
Committee MemberBobick,
Committee MemberMurray Twyning, Amy
Committee MemberKermani, S.
Date: 19 August 2016
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 17 May 2016
Approval Date: 19 August 2016
Submission Date: 7 July 2016
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 102
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Anthropology
David C. Frederick Honors College
Degree: BPhil - Bachelor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Undergraduate Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Paganism Religion Anthropology Discrimination Witchcraft Neo-Paganism Wicca
Date Deposited: 19 Aug 2016 17:24
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 14:34


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