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A glance at the July issue of the "Journal of Consumer Culture":
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)
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]
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."
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