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Real Vampires as an Identity Group: Analyzing Causes and Effects of an Introspective Survey by the Vampire . Community

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For most self-identified vampires, vampirism is not a ?religion' in the substantive sense of having an institution, sacred texts, a catechism, or religious leaders. This chapter suggests that new models are needed to understand this community and its beliefs. It focuses on an introspective survey of the vampire community carried out by the Atlanta Vampire Alliance (AVA) through their LLC, Suscitatio Enterprises. It then suggests a complex and multifaceted discourse about what being a ?real vampire' might mean. The chapter also covers a broad range of discourses with questions about medical background, religious affiliation, socioeconomic status, and the consumption of popular culture. This attempt to define vampirism through a consensus gentium suggests that scholarly analysis of the real vampire community should focus less on institutions and more on ?cognitive praxis' - that is, the ideas and identities that this community makes possible.

Keywords:Atlanta Vampire Alliance (AVA); consensus gentium; introspective survey; popular culture; real vampires; religious affiliation; vampire community



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