Neo-paganism, feminism, and anthropological gender discourse

dc.contributor.advisorRohatynskyj, Marta
dc.contributor.authorSwain, Eleanor
dc.date.accessioned2021-04-28T16:02:34Z
dc.date.available2021-04-28T16:02:34Z
dc.date.copyright2003
dc.degree.departmentDepartment of Sociology and Anthropologyen_US
dc.degree.grantorUniversity of Guelphen_US
dc.degree.nameMaster of Artsen_US
dc.description.abstractIncreasingly, feminists and postmodern anthropologists are analyzing the complex relationships that occur between constructions of gender, epistemology, and ontology. It is thought that essentialized constructions of masculinity and femininity are largely naturalized through a dualistic epistemology and a static, 'a priori' ontology. These three elements support one another in a complex interrelationship. This thesis examines this relationship as it is expressed by the members of a small neo-pagan society at an Ontario University. The ontological beliefs expressed by the words and actions of members of the Pagan Society promote an understanding of personhood that is variable and partible, while still employing a dualistic, or binary approach to knowledge. Gender is understood in a dichotomy of masculine and feminine energy; however, this energy is malleable and partible. The ideal person contains a balance of all dichtotomous aspects of the universal energy within. Despite this ideal of balance, and the belief in a dynamic ontology, many members of the Pagan Society reject a feminist identity.en_US
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10214/25641
dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherUniversity of Guelphen_US
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dc.subjectconstructions of genderen_US
dc.subjectepistemologyen_US
dc.subjectontologyen_US
dc.subjectneo-pagan societyen_US
dc.subjectpersonhooden_US
dc.titleNeo-paganism, feminism, and anthropological gender discourseen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US

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