(Sheffield & Bristol: Equinox, 2017), xiv + 290 pp., isbn: 978-1-7817-9416-6, £75.00/$100.00 (hardcover).New Age in Norway is edited by Ingvild Sælid Gilhus, Siv Ellen Kraft, and James R. Lewis. The first two are part of a Norwegian research group that, over the years, have done a lot of research on themes related to the New Age. The third editor, James R. Lewis, has written extensively on the New Age from an American perspective. He is now based at the Arctic University of Norway and brings an international dimension to the book.On the front page of the book is a picture of the northern lights, underlining the point that the backdrop of the Arctic region adds something substantial to the discussion about trends and developments within the New Age. This is both an advantage and a problem for the book. On the one hand, the editors argue that the book is relevant outside a Norwegian setting. On the other hand, they claim that national and local influences have significant impact on New Age phenomena. In order to be of relevance for international researchers, the book needs to prove that the local/national perspective can be combined with and actually shed new
Journal of Religion in Europe – Brill
Published: Nov 1, 2017
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