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The purpose of the book is to present an ethnography of New Zealand feminist witches - to colour one small space in the global picture of Paganism - and to engage with a number of issues and debates which concern the feminist spirituality movement as a whole. I have also compared New Zealand witches with those in places where the movement is much better known, chiefly the US and UK. The first part of the book deals more with global concerns in relation to the study of witchcraft and the Goddess, while the second part is a cl... More >>>
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Author:      Kathryn Rountree
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The purpose of the book is to present an ethnography of New Zealand feminist witches - to colour one small space in the global picture of Paganism - and to engage with a number of issues and debates which concern the feminist spirituality movement as a whole. I have also compared New Zealand witches with those in places where the movement is much better known, chiefly the US and UK. The first part of the book deals more with global concerns in relation to the study of witchcraft and the Goddess, while the second part is a close-up study of feminist witches and women involved in Goddess spirituality in New Zealand. Chapter five, which discusses my methodological approach as a feminist anthropologist, introduces the New Zealand ethnography. Because the readership for books about Paganism and witchcraft is wide - including scholars and witches, and readers who are both and neither - I have tried to write in a way that will be useful and accessible for this broad readership.

In writing some sections of the book I have drawn on previously published articles. Chapter four draws on material from two papers (Rountree 1999 and 2001). An earlier version of chapter 11, titled 'How magic works: New Zealand feminist witches' theories of ritual action' was published in Anthropology of Consciousness, volume 13, number 1, 2002, published by the American Anthropological Association. Aspects of this work have also been presented at a number of national and international conferences, and I am indebted to all who have offered insightful and provocative feedback and encouragement, especially at several meetings of the Association of Social Anthropologists of Aotearoa/New Zealand and at the British Sociological Association's Sociology of Religion Study Group's conference in 2001.