The socio-religious beliefs and nature of the contemporary Vampire Subculture

Keyworth, D. (2002) The socio-religious beliefs and nature of the contemporary Vampire Subculture. Journal of Contemporary Religion, 17 3: 355-370. doi:10.1080/1353790022000008280

Author Keyworth, D.
Title The socio-religious beliefs and nature of the contemporary Vampire Subculture
Journal name Journal of Contemporary Religion   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1353-7903
Publication date 2002
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/1353790022000008280
Volume 17
Issue 3
Start page 355
End page 370
Total pages 16
Editor Peter B Clarke
Place of publication Abingdon, England
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Collection year 2002
Language eng
Subject C1
440207 Religion and Society
780199 Other
2299 Other Philosophy and Religious Studies
Abstract The contemporary Vampire Subculture can be defined as a multi-faceted, socio-religious movement with its own distinct collective community and network of participants who share a similar belief system and customary lifestyle that reflect their concept of the vampire. The Vampire Subculture consists of individuals who profess to be 'real vampires', vampire communities of like-minded persons, 'blood-donors' who willingly allow vampires to partake of them, occult-based and mystical-orientated groups that appeal to their spirituality, the blood fetishists, and the live-action vampire role-players. In response, a Christian counter-movement of self-proclaimed 'vampire-slayers' has emerged that actively opposes the vampire subculture and its beliefs and practices. The socio-religious nature of the Vampire Subculture can be best described as a Segmented, Polycentric and Integrated Network of participants.
Keyword vampires
culture and identity
Q-Index Code C1

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry
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