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Alternative Spirituality and Religion Review


published on November 2, 2018

James R. Lewis, Zhang Xinzhang, Oscar-Torjus Utaaker
DOI: 10.5840/asrr201811152

Processual Pagans
Quasi-longitudinal Approaches to Survey Research

There is a common pattern for researchers to study one particular new religion, write a monograph or article on that specific group, and then begin the cycle all over again with a different group. This approach causes one to remember such groups as relatively stable organizations, fixed in memory at a specific stage of development, rather than as dynamic, evolving groups. In the present article, we will examine new data on contemporary Pagans that takes a quasi-longitudinal approach to survey data. Though our focus will be limited, the result will nevertheless be a partial statistical picture of Paganism as a changing, evolving movement, rather than a static statistical snapshot.