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The Devil’s PartySatanism in Modernity$
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Per Faxneld and Jesper Aa. Petersen

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199779239

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199779239.001.0001

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At the Devil’s Crossroads

(p.3) Introduction
The Devil’s Party

Per Faxneld

Jesper Aagaard Petersen

Oxford University Press

This introductory chapter offers some basic elements to situate the study of Satanism. First, the nature of modern Satanism is delineated through a distinction between discourse on the satanic and satanic discourse. This distinction relates to the difference between cultural stereotypes and self-ascribed satanic identities, a move from a negative other to a positive self through de-otherization. Second, the chapter provides a brief presentation of the history of Satanism, followed by a discussion of seminal research on the subject. The chapter concludes with a summary of chapters and an extensive bibliography useful for further study.

Keywords:   Satanism, satanic discourse, de-otherization, history of Satanism, research on Satanism

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