Palgrave Macmillan Publishes “Cosmopolitanism, Nationalism, and Modern Paganism”

Cosmopolitanism, Nationalism, and Modern Paganism, edited by Kathryn Roundtree, is the latest title in the ‘Palgrave Studies in New Religions and Alternative Spritualities’ Book Series that Jim Lewis and Henrik Bogdan are editing for Palgrave Macmillan. The publisher’s site gives the following description:

“This volume explores how Pagans negotiate local and global tensions as they craft their identities, both as members of local communities and as cosmopolitan “citizens of the world.” Based on cutting edge international  case studies from Pagan communities in the United States, Poland, Russia, Ukraine, Israel, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, and Malta, it considers how modern Pagans negotiate tensions between the particular and universal, nationalism and cosmopolitanism, ethnicity, and world citizenship. The burgeoning of modern Paganisms in recent decades has proceeded alongside growing globalization and human mobility, ubiquitous Internet use, a mounting environmental crisis, the re-valuing of indigenous religions, and new political configurations. Cosmopolitanism and nationalism have both influenced the weaving of unique local Paganisms in diverse contexts. Pagans articulate a strong attachment to local or indigenous traditions and landscapes, constructing paths that reflect local socio-cultural, political, and historical realities. However, they draw on the Internet and the global circulation of people and universal ideas. This collection considers how they confound these binaries in fascinating, complex ways as members of local communities and global networks. ”

and here’s the table of contents:

Introduction. “We Are the Weavers, We Are the Web”: Cosmopolitan Entanglements in Modern Paganism

Rountree, Kathryn
Pages 1-19
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Appropriating, Romanticizing and Reimagining: Pagan Engagements with Indigenous Animism

Fisk, Anna
Pages 21-42
Heathens in the United States: The Return to “Tribes” in the Construction of a Peoplehood

Snook, Jennifer (et al.)
Pages 43-64
Only Slavic Gods: Nativeness in Polish Rodzimowierstwo

Simpson, Scott
Pages 65-86
Obsessed with Culture: The Cultural Impetus of Russian Neo-pagans

Shnirelman, Victor A.
Pages 87-108

Multiple Nationalisms and Patriotisms Among Russian Rodnovers

Shizhenskii, Roman (et al.)
Pages 109-132
Blood Brothers or Blood Enemies: Ukrainian Pagans’ Beliefs and Responses to the Ukraine–Russia Crisis

Lesiv, Mariya
Pages 133-155
Canaanite Reconstructionism Among Contemporary Israeli Pagans

Feraro, Shai
Pages 157-177
Pagan Identity Politics, Witchcraft, and the Law: Encounters with Postcolonial Nationalism in Democratic South Africa

Wallace, Dale
Pages 179-199
Cosmopolitan Witchcraft: Reinventing the Wheel of the Year in Australian Paganism

Ezzy, Douglas
Pages 201-219
Cosmopolitanism, Neo-Shamans and Contemporary Māori Healers in New Zealand

Sanson, Dawne
Pages 221-243
The Spirits Are Cosmopolitan Too: Contemporary Shamanism in Malta

Rountree, Kathryn
Pages 245-268

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