Building Blocks of Religion - Critical Applications and Future Prospects - Göran Larsson

Building Blocks of Religion - Critical Applications and Future Prospects - Göran Larsson

Invisible Hands and Sacred Unicorns: Occulture as a Schema for Supernatural Ascriptions in the Millennial Generation

Building Blocks of Religion - Critical Applications and Future Prospects - Göran Larsson

Ingela Visuri [+-]
Stockholm University
Ingela Visuri holds a PhD in the Study of Religions at Södertörn University, Stockholm. Her main work concerns cognitive perspectives on religious behaviours and experiences, which she explores in relation to autistic cognition in her dissertation. Visuri has also published on subjects related to methodological issues, gender and religion, and the didactics of religious education.

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This chapter presents an empirical and methodological example of an interdisciplinary study on religious cognition, in which the approach is aligned with the building blocks approach suggested by Ann Taves and Egil Asprem. While autism is the focal point of the research project, the study also highlights a generational shift in the ascription of non-ordinary powers as these millennials appear to embrace occult phenomena in Western popular culture (‘occulture’). Besides illustrating how emic ascriptions of things set apart from the ordinary may vary between different generations, the chapter also provides a multilevel model of how unusual embodied experiences – which appear to be especially prevalent on the autism spectrum – are understood in terms of occult schemas derived from popular culture.

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Visuri, Ingela. Invisible Hands and Sacred Unicorns: Occulture as a Schema for Supernatural Ascriptions in the Millennial Generation. Building Blocks of Religion - Critical Applications and Future Prospects. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 71-81 Feb 2020. ISBN 9781781798676. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=37589. Date accessed: 24 Jan 2022 doi: 10.1558/equinox.37589. Feb 2020

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