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    http://tinyurl.com/cwua2tk $12 to download. ... From: Christopher Blackwell [mailto:myrddin@zianet.com] Sent: Saturday, March 16, 2013 10:12 PM To:
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      -----Original Message-----
      From: Christopher Blackwell [mailto:myrddin@...]
      Sent: Saturday, March 16, 2013 10:12 PM
      To: HeathenNews@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: Something that might interest some Heathens

      Nova Religio: The Journal of Alternative and emergent Religions,
      Vol.16, Februaray 2013, pp. 52-76

      The Construction of an Ethnic Folkway as Religio-ethnic Identity

      This article is the result of ethnographic fieldwork among American
      practitioners of Heathenry, a reconstructionist religious movement
      whose practitioners align themselves with ancient Germanic and Norse
      cosmology. In this article, I respond to previous representations of
      Heathenry as racist by exploring the intricacies and nuances of members'
      co-construction of their own ethnic folkway. I show that Heathens
      construct group boundaries by distinguishing between categories of
      folkish and universalist, while mostly living between racial exclusivity
      and complete inclusivity. In other words, Heathens self-consciously
      establish symbolically meaningful categories to distinguish between
      practitioners' understandings of who gets to be Heathen, of racial/ethnic
      exclusivity, and complete inclusivity. While some American Heathens find
      race or ancestry irrelevant, most do not and all must participate in the
      conversations that seek to define Heathenry as an indigenous tradition,
      purely a system of faith, or a complex folkway struggling to be ethnic while

      resisting racist labels.


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