Pop goes religion

  title={Pop goes religion},
  author={Iver B. Neumann},
  journal={European Journal of Cultural Studies},
  pages={100 - 81}
  • I. Neumann
  • Published 2006
  • Sociology
  • European Journal of Cultural Studies
The success of the Harry Potter phenomenon may be seen as co-constitutive of the general resurfacing of religion in Europe and the United States. The first part of this article introduces Geertz’s definition of the religious, which includes magic as ‘slippage’. The second part draws on historical work on witchcraft in early-modern Europe to demonstrate that Harry’s world shares so many traits with the lifeworlds of that period that its self-presentation as being an evolved version of those… Expand
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