new book: contemporary esotericism

There’s a new book out, not very soon, but in 2012, namely Contemporary Esotericism, edited by Egil Asprem and Kennet Granholm. Asprem mentions it in his blog:

Contemporary Esotericism deals both with theoretical and methodological issues, and with specific case studies. Thematically the articles range from modern Satanism and Chaos Magic, to Indigo Children, alternative health centres, and entheogenic neoshamanism. There is work on popular culture, conspiracy theories, and the Church of Scientology. And quite a bit more.

There’s a table of contents as well. Chapter 10 seems highly interesting, as it deals with esotericism and conspiracy culture (could offer perspectives on conspiracy culture within anthroposophy, even if it’s not about anthroposophy). As does the chapter on ‘psychic enchantment and the educated classes’. Also, perhaps, chapter 12 about esotericism and the radical right. Some people who read this blog may be interested in this book, I figure (and the paperback edition will be affordable, thank dog; see publisher’s website).

6 thoughts on “new book: contemporary esotericism

  1. Thank you for the kind attention. It is great to see alreadythat there is some interest for the book out there.

    I can also inform that Dyrendal’s chapter on conspiracy culture indeed does spend some time on Steiner, and conspiracy theories among some of the contemporary anti-vaccinationists within Anthroposophy, as one of several other case studies.

  2. fascinating. Not till 2012! But the world may end just as we’re about to read it…!

  3. easprem – a skeptic with a ‘K’ interested in the esoteric. It must be fate. We’ll have to have a virtual Sitp in the ethereal kiosk, every Wednesday night.

  4. easprem — sounds like a very promising work, indeed! I’m looking forward to it. Of course, the conspiracy thinking around vaccines is very interesting.

    Thetis — it’s not until December 21st, right? (Such a disappointment for all the children waiting for Santa.) There may be time to read the book before we succumb. Perhaps one should practice speed-reading. Just in case.

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