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date: 15 October 2018

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Debates around disenchantment and secularization have been central to sociological analyses of religion over the past five decades. While it has been widely argued that modernization leads to secular societies, such arguments have been challenged by empirical evidence to the contrary. The persistence of non-secular beliefs, such as those relating to the paranormal, suggests that theories of progression towards an absolutely secular condition are mistaken. Engaging these ideas, the theory of occulture, which highlights the significance of popular culture and everyday life in the construction of enchanted versions of reality, contributes to an understanding of the development and plausibility of contemporary non-secular lifeworlds.

Keywords: occulture, enchantment, subjectivization, secularization, disenchantment, paranormal, popular culture, cultic milieu

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