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  • Popplestone, Ann
    ... From: The Chronicle [mailto:daily@chronicle.com] Sent: Tuesday, August 27, 2002 5:00 AM To: Chronicle Daily Report Subject: 8/27/2002 Daily Report from The
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      From: The Chronicle [mailto:daily@...]
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      Subject: 8/27/2002 Daily Report from The Chronicle of Higher Education


      ACADEME TODAY: The Chronicle of Higher Education's
      Daily Report for subscribers
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      Good day!

      Here are news bulletins from The Chronicle of Higher Education
      for Tuesday, August 27.

      * [snip]
      CAREER NETWORK

      * YOU'VE INTERVIEWED at a community college and it went well.
      Now all you can do is wait -- and not do anything stupid.
      --> SEE http://chronicle.com/jobs/2002/08/2002082701c.htm

      --[snip]



      A glance at the July issue of the "Journal of Consumer Culture":
      Consuming religions

      Adam Possamai, a lecturer in sociology at Australia's University
      of Western Sydney, examines the consumerist angle of
      contemporary alternative religions -- what are popularly known
      as New Age, and what Mr. Possamai calls "perennist,"
      spiritualities. Astrology, Scientology, and Wicca are all
      examples of such religions, each with marketing tie-ins (books,
      crafts, jewelry, conventions, classes, crystals, and posters)
      aplenty.

      Mr. Possamai defines perennists as having three key
      characteristics: a monistic worldview, a desire for personal
      growth, and a yearning for spiritual knowledge ("whether of the
      universe or of the self, the two sometimes being interrelated,"
      he adds). He further divides perennists into three subgroups:
      Aquarians (followers of a certain branch of astrology),
      presentists, and neo-pagans (Wiccans and the like). Each group,
      Mr. Possamai writes, "consumes in a way that applies to [its]
      beliefs."

      In sum, Mr. Possamai says, "Aquarian perennists consume [history
      and popular] culture in a way that supports an evolutionary
      ethos (even if paradoxically they consume in a postmodern
      fashion); presentist perennists -- the most postmodern of the
      three subtypes -- consume culture for their subjective myth with
      a focus on the present; and neo-pagans ... [consume] culture in
      a way that makes their understanding of neo-pagan values and
      lifestyles more plausible."

      The article is available online only to subscribers, but further
      information about the journal may be found at
      http://www.sagepub.co.uk/journals/details/j0349.html
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