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April 19, 2007

Selected New Books: April 16-20, 2007

Witchcraft and Magic: Contemporary North America / edited by Helen A. Berger
DBW stack BF1584.N7W57 2005

- surveys current and historical issues pertinent to religions that incorporate magical or occult beliefs and practices
- explores the relationship between Witchcraft and Neopaganism as well as their intersection with established groups practicing goddess worship
- of particular note is Chapter 3 entitled Webs of Women: Feminist Spiritualities by Wendy Griffin

Playing with Fire: Feminist Thought and Activism through Seven Lives in India / Sangtin Writers
DBW stack HQ 1236.5.I4N34 2006

- authors are know as the Sangtin Writers, grassroots activists in Uttar Pradesh, India
when the Hindi edtion of ths book was published in 2004 the authors faced a backlash against their employer
- attempts to articulate how development ideology employed by aid organizations serves to reinforce the domination of those it claims to help