Teenage Witches: Magical Youth and the Search for the Self (review)

Teenage Witches: Magical Youth and the Search for the Self (review) Magic, Ritual, and Witchcraft Winter 2008 common magical traditions and (especially) learned magical practices and attitudes toward the occult. tamar herzig Tel Aviv University helen a. berger and douglas ezzy. Teenage Witches: Magical Youth and the Search for the Self. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2007. Pp. xvii 278. This is a study of a relatively new phenomenon: the rise of the teenage witch since the 1990s. Berger and Ezzy have studied ninety adolescents and young adults from the United States, Australia, and the United Kingdom, all of whom have identified themselves as ``witches'' for at least a year. The authors give a clear picture of their route into the modern witchcraft movement, its role in helping them to construct a sense of selfhood, and its impact on their ethical and political outlook. They locate the phenomenon in the conditions of postmodernity: globalization (including the importance of the Internet), ``the death of grand narratives,'' and the growth of relativism. There is little in this book that will surprise anyone acquainted with young witches. We learn that both the Internet and books play a major role in introducing them to witchcraft and in developing their beliefs. The teenage witches http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Magic, Ritual, and Witchcraft University of Pennsylvania Press

Teenage Witches: Magical Youth and the Search for the Self (review)

Magic, Ritual, and Witchcraft, Volume 3 (2) – Oct 25, 2008

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Magic, Ritual, and Witchcraft Winter 2008 common magical traditions and (especially) learned magical practices and attitudes toward the occult. tamar herzig Tel Aviv University helen a. berger and douglas ezzy. Teenage Witches: Magical Youth and the Search for the Self. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2007. Pp. xvii 278. This is a study of a relatively new phenomenon: the rise of the teenage witch since the 1990s. Berger and Ezzy have studied ninety adolescents and young adults from the United States, Australia, and the United Kingdom, all of whom have identified themselves as ``witches'' for at least a year. The authors give a clear picture of their route into the modern witchcraft movement, its role in helping them to construct a sense of selfhood, and its impact on their ethical and political outlook. They locate the phenomenon in the conditions of postmodernity: globalization (including the importance of the Internet), ``the death of grand narratives,'' and the growth of relativism. There is little in this book that will surprise anyone acquainted with young witches. We learn that both the Internet and books play a major role in introducing them to witchcraft and in developing their beliefs. The teenage witches

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