ABSTRACT: This article concentrates on Wicca as the focus for a study of researching initiatory religion as an insider. Some problems associated with the study of such religions are addressed in a critical examination of earlier research by Tanya Luhrmann, before attempting to establish how the researcher can enter such a field and undertake effective fieldwork with integrity, without dishonoring the mode of entry (initiation) and the trust of the researched community. Some of the problems which can occur in the study of an initiatory religion such as Wicca, and ways in which these might be mitigated, are briefly explored. The article closes with an assessment of the insider/outsider position suggesting that, rather than being essentially problematic, such a position can in fact be advantageous to the researcher, the research, and the researched community.
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