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The Devil’s PartySatanism in Modernity$
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Per Faxneld and Jesper Aa. Petersen

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199779239

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199779239.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

At the Devil’s Crossroads

Chapter:
(p.3) Introduction
Source:
The Devil’s Party
Author(s):

Per Faxneld

Jesper Aagaard Petersen

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199779239.003.0000

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.

Keywords:   Satanism, satanic discourse, de-otherization, history of Satanism, research on Satanism

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