Church of Satan, Deviant behavior, Satanism
Despite the glut of literature focusing on numerous aspects of mainline American religious life, there is a surprising dearth of information regarding deviant religious practitioners. Importantly, there remains a lack of focus on the specificities of religious and spiritual deviance, and the accounts of those who engage in such practices. This exploratory study closely examines the members of one such religion; specifically, the Church of Satan. Despite the stigma associated with Satanism, individuals continue to willfully engage in such practices. Research uses face-toface, semi-structured interviews to better discern the rationale behind Satanic worship as understood by modern-day believers. Particular attention is given to the accounts of Satanists to examine motivations for engaging in such practices, as well as identity management techniques for dealing with potential stigma. Results of the analysis show that Satanists utilize a variety of accounts when speaking about their spiritual choices and the potential stigma that surrounds such choices. These results are discussed and directions for additional research are presented.
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Master of Arts (M.A.)
College of Sciences
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Dissertations, Academic -- Sciences, Sciences -- Dissertations, Academic
McDaniel, Chris P., "In Search Of Satanists Examining The Accounts Of Deviant Religious Practitioners" (2011). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 1869.