At the Devil’s Crossroads
This introductory chapter offers some basic elements to situate the study of Satanism. First, the nature of modern Satanism is delineated through a distinction between discourse on the satanic and satanic discourse. This distinction relates to the difference between cultural stereotypes and self-ascribed satanic identities, a move from a negative other to a positive self through de-otherization. Second, the chapter provides a brief presentation of the history of Satanism, followed by a discussion of seminal research on the subject. The chapter concludes with a summary of chapters and an extensive bibliography useful for further study.
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