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Murphy's List
by Murphy Pizza

Berger, Helen A.
A Community of Witches: Contemporary Neo-Paganism and Witchcraft in the United States.
U of SC Press, 1999.

Very readable study of the EarthSpirit Community along the Eastern SeaBoard. The author makes some pretty interesting predictions about the shape of the Pagan movement as it grows.

Berger, Helen A.
Voices from the Pagan Census: A National Survey of Witches and Neo-Pagans in the United States.
USC Press, 2003.

Stats! Yay! Woohoo! Someone else did them so Murphy didn't have to!

Blain, Jenny
Nine Worlds of Seid-Magic: Ecstasy and Neo-Shamanism in Northern European Paganism.
Routledge, 2002.

One study specifically on Heathenry, seidr, and Diana Paxson's method. Included are the author's personal experiences. Author is Pagan.

Clifton, Chas. S. and Graham Harvey, ed.
The Paganism Reader.
Routledge, 2004.

A MUST-HAVE. An anthology of Pagan primary sources, many out of print, that stretch from classical times, to the modern revival era. For teachers and Elder-types: if you are frustrated with how little of the old sources younger Pagans are aware of today, this is an excellent teaching tool.

Gardell, Matthias
Gods of the Blood: The Pagan Revival and White Separatism.
Duke U. Press, 2003.

Know your enemies. If jerks are going to call themselves Pagans, we need to know about them and how to deal with them. Excellent research.

Greenwood, Susan
Magic, Witchcraft, and the Otherworld: An Anthropology.
Berg, 2000.

Murphy likes this one too. Finally, an investigation of magical practices and experience as part of fieldwork. Compares High Magical training with Feminist Witchcraft training. Author is Pagan.

Pike, Sarah
Earthly Bodies, Magical Selves: Contemporary Pagans and the Search for Community.
U.of C. Press, 2001

Murphy loves this book. Murphy wants to write a book this good someday. It's a cultural study of Pagan Fests.

Salomonsen, Jone
Enchanted Feminism: The Reclaiming Witches of San Francisco.
Routledge, 2002.

Awfully heavy on the theory, but some good field stories on San Francisco, Starhawk, and a little on Feri Tradition. Skim.

York, Michael
Pagan Theology: Paganism as a World Religion.
NYU Press, 2003.

The author argues to put paganism and Paganism (he makes a difference) on the stage as a World Religion, alongside the big 4. Murphy is still reading this. More later.

Murphy Pizza is a practicing eclectic Witch and a PhD student, at UW—Milwaukee, in Anthropology and Comparative Religion. She is currently a lecturer in the Ethnic Studies department; where she has been teaching courses on Wicca and NeoPaganism and the Anthropology of the Occult. She is also a book reviewer for The Pomegranate: The International Journal of Pagan Studies. Her dissertational research is on the Pagan Community in the Twin Cities, MN.

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