Publications By Inform Authors

Inform staff and Governors regularly write publications about minority religions and the social context within which they operate. Please see below for the publications of various Inform authors:

    Professor Eileen Barker,PhD, OBE, FBA;Professor Emeritus, Department of Sociology, London School of Economics and Political Science

    Professor James Beckford, PhD, FBA; Professor Emeritus, Department of Sociology, University of Warwick; Nominee of the British Sociological Association Sociology of Religion Study GroupMarat Shterin, PhD; Senior Lecturer in Sociology of Religion, Department of Religious Studies, King's College London

    Suzanne Newcombe, PhD; Research Officer, Inform and Associate Lecturer, Open University

    Susannah Crockford, PhD; Research Officer, Inform

    Shanon Shah, PhD; Research Officer, Inform

       

      Professor Eileen Barker has written hundreds of publications that focus on the relationship between alternative religiosity and society. Further details about her expertise and publication records can be found here. Recent articles include: 

      Barker, Eileen (2013) Doing sociology: confessions of a professional stranger In: Hjelm, Titus and Zuckerman, Phil, (eds.) Studying religion and society: sociological self-portraits. Routledge, London, UK, 39-54.

      (2011)"Ageing in New Religions: The Varieties of Later Experiences",Diskus 12 (2011): 1-23. Available at: http://www.basr.ac.uk/diskus/diskus12/Barker.pdf.

      (2011) "The Cult as a Social Problem" in Religion and Social Problems, Titus Hjelm (ed.), New York & London: Routledge, 198-212.

      (2010) “Misconceptions of the Religious “Other”: The Importance for Human Rights of Objective and Balanced Knowledge”, International Journal for the Study of New Religions, Vol. 1 No. 1: 5-25.

      (2009) "In and Out of Place: Varieties of Religious Locations in a Globalising World." in Holy Nations and Global Identities: Civil Religion, Nationalism, and Globalisation, edited by Annika Hvithamar, Margit Warburg, and Brian Arly Jacobsen. Leiden: Brill: 235-251.

      (2009) “In God’s Name: Practicing Unconditional Love to the Death” in Dying for Faith: Religiously Motivated Violence in the Contemporary World, Madawi Al-Rasheed and Marat Shterin (eds.), London: I.B. Tauris: 49-58.

      (2009) “Bryan Ronald Wilson 1926-2004” in Biographical Memoirs of Fellows, VIII, Proceedings of the British Academy, 161. Oxford: Oxford University Press: 381-401
       
      (2009) “New and Nonconventional Religious Movements: Implications for Social Harmony” The Review of Faith & International Affairs, Washington DC, Fall, 7/3: 3-10.
       
      (2009) “Too Much or Too Little? Durkheim’s Suicide as a Model for Analysing New Religions” in Maria Serafimova, Stephen Hunt and Mario Marinov with Vladimir Vladov (eds) Sociology and the Law: The 150th Anniversary of Emile Durkheim (1858-1917), Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 94-103.
       
      (2009) "A Sociological Approach to Cultic Studies." in International Forum on Cultic Studies (Shenzhen 9-11 January 2009) The Harms and Social Administration of Destructive Cults, edited by CASS. Shenzhen: Centre for the Study of Destructive Cults, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences: 113-133.
       
      Barker, Eileen, ed (2013) Revisionism and diversification in new religious movements Ashgate Inform Series on Minority Religions and Spiritual Movements. Ashgate Publishing Ltd, Farnham, UK. 
       
       
      Barker, E. and M. Warburg, eds. (1998) New Religions and New Religiosity. Aarhus: Aarhus University Press.
       
       
      Barker, E. (1984) The Making of a Moonie: Choice or Brainwashing? Oxford: Blackwell. Now available from Aldershot: Ashgate
       
      Professor Jim Beckford has also published extensively on subjects related to the work of Inform. Further information on his professional activities and publications can be found here
       
      (2010) ‘“Cults” and “normal” religions.’ Sociology Review 19 (3): 23-6.
       
      (2010) ‘Religious Pluralism and Diversity: Response to Yang and Thériault.’ Social Compass 57 (2): 217-23.
       
      (2004) '"Laïcité", "dystopia", and the reaction to new religious movements in France'. In Regulating Religion. Case Studies from around the Globe. J. T. Richardson (ed.). New York, Kluwer/Plenum: 27-40.
       
      (2003). 'The continuum between "cults" and "normal" religion'. In Cults and New Religious Movements. A Reader. L. L. Dawson (ed.). Oxford, Blackwell: 26-35.
       
      Beckford, J.A. and J.T. Richardson, eds. (2003) Challenging Religion: Essays in Honour of Eileen Barker.  London: Routledge.
       
      (2000). 'Religious movements and globalization'. In Global Social Movements. R. Cohen and S. Rai (eds). London, Athlone Press: 165-83.
       
      (1993). 'States, governments and the management of controversial new religious movements'. In Secularization, Rationalism and Sectarianism. E. Barker, J. A. Beckford and K. Dobbelaere (eds). Oxford, Clarendon Press: 125-43.
       
      (1985). Cult Controversies. The Societal Response to New Religious Movements. London, Tavistock.
       
      (1975). The Trumpet of Prophecy. A Sociological Study of Jehovahs Witnesses. Oxford, Blackwell.
       
       
      Sarah Jane Harvey, MSc is a Research Officer at Inform
       
      (2014) 'Ayahuasca in the UK/Ayahuasca vor Gericht', in: Kai Funkschmidt (ed.): Mit welchem Recht? Europäisches Religionsrecht im Umgang mit neuen religiösen Bewegungen, EZW-Texte 234, Berlin 2014 p.91-101. English translation available here.


      (2014) ‘Cults: Theological Exchanges, Current Issues’ in Terry C. Muck, Harold A. Netland, and Gerald R. McDermott (eds.) Handbook of Religion: A Christian Engagement with Traditions, Teachings, and Practices. Grand Rapids, MI, Baker Academic, pp. 573-577.


      (ed) with Suzanne Newcombe (2013) Prophecy in the New Millennium: When Prophecies Persist Aldershot: Ashgate.
       
      (2010) ‘Birth’ in Religions of the World, Second Edition: A Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Beliefs and Practices. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC Clio.
       
      and Suzanne Newcombe (2010) ‘Religious Prophecies: The Next End of the World.’ Sociology Review 19 (2): 8-11.
       
      (2009) Guest Editor. Pomegranate: The International Journal of Pagan Studies 11(1) Equinox: London. This edition of the Pomegranate consisted of a selection of papers given at the 2008 Conference 'Twenty Years and More: Research into Minority Religions, New Religious Movements and "the New Spirituality"' at the London School of Economics, 16-20th April 2008; Organised by Inform and CESNUR in association with ISORECEA.
       
      (2009) 'Introduction' Pomegranate: The International Journal of Pagan Studies. 11(1): 5-13.
       
       
       
      Professor Jean La Fontaine, PhD is Honorary Research Fellow at Inform and Professor Emeritus, Department of Anthropology, London School of Economics and Political Science
       
       
       


      Dr. Suzanne Newcombe is a Research Officer at Inform


      (2014) ‘Cults: History, Beliefs, Practices’ in Terry C. Muck, Harold A. Netland, and Gerald R. McDermott (eds.) Handbook of Religion: A Christian Engagement with Traditions, Teachings, and Practices. Grand Rapids, MI, Baker Academic, pp. 568-572.
       
       
      (ed) with Sarah Harvey (2013) Prophecy in the New Millennium: When Prophecies Persist.  Ashgate.
       
      (2012)"Religious Education in the United Kingdom" in Derek H. Davis and Elena Miroshnikova (eds.) The Routledge International Handbook of Religious Education, Taylor & Francis, pp. 375-382.
       
      (2012) ‘Global Hybrids? ‘Eastern Traditions’ of Health and Wellness in the West’ in Shanta Nair-Venugopal (ed) The Gaze of the West and Framings of the East, Basingstoke, Hampshire: Routledge, pp. 202-217.
       
      and Marat Shterin (2011) 'United Kingdom' in Religious Intolerance and Discrimination in selected European Countries - Part II. Religion - Staat - Gesellschaft: Journal for the Study of Beliefs and Worldviews 12(1): p. 29-52.
       
      and Eileen Barker (2010) 'Financing of Churches and Religious Societies in England' Financing of Churches and Religious Societies in the 21st Century. Institute for State-Church Relations, Bratislava, p. 109-121.
       
      and Sarah Harvey (2010) 'Religious Prophecies: The Next End of the World.' Sociology Review 19 (2): 8-11.
       
      and David Palmer (2010) 'Energy' in Religions of the World, Second Edition: A Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Beliefs and Practices. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC Clio.
       
      (2009) 'The Development of Modern Yoga: A Survey of the Field'  Religion Compass 3(6): 986-1002. 
       
      (2008) 'Ayurvedic Medicine in Britain and the Epistemology of Practicing Medicine in "Good Faith"', Pluralism and Paradigms in Modern and Global Ayurveda, Dagmar Benner and Frederick Smith (eds.), State University of New York Press, Albany: p. 257-284.
       
      (2008) 'A Social History of Yoga and Ayurveda in Britain, 1950-1995' PhD Thesis, Faculty of History, University of Cambridge. Available from the Cambridge University Library.
       
      (2007) 'Stretching for Health and Well-being: Yoga and Women in Britain, 1960-1980', Asian Medicine, Tradition and Modernity, 3(1): p. 37-63.
       
      (2005) "Spirituality and 'Mystical Religion' in Contemporary Society: A Case Study of British Practitioners of the Iyengar Method of Yoga" Journal of Contemporary Religion 20(3), p. 305-321.
       
       
       
      Dr. Marat Shterin is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology of Religion at King's College, University of London.
       
      (2012) "New Religious Movements in Changing Russia", in Olav Hammer and Michael           Rotstein (eds.), Cambridge Companion to New Religious Movements, Cambridge: Cambrdige University Press
       
      Al-Rasheed, M., Kersten, K., and Shterin, M. eds. (2012) Demystifying the Caliphate, New York: Columbia University Press & London: Hurst and Co
       
      (2012) "The Caliphate in the Minds and Practice of Northern Caucasuan Muslims", in Al-Rasheed, M., Kersten, K., and Shterin M. (eds.), Demystifying the Caliphate, New York: Columbia University Press & London: Hurst and Co
       
      (2012) "Secularisation and De-secularisation? The Challenges of teh from the Post-Soviet Experience", in Pollack D and Pickel G (eds.), The Social Significance of Religion in the Enlarged Europe: Secularization, Individualization, and Pluralization, London: Ashgate
       
      with Suzanne Newcombe (2011/2) "Religious Intolerance and Discrimination in the United Kingdom", Religion - Staat - Gesellschaft, pp.78-97
       
      with Akhmet Yarlykapov (2011) "Reconsidering Radicalisation and Terrorism: the New Muslims Movement in Kabaridino-Balkaria and its Path to Violence", Journal of Religion, State, and Society, vol.39, no 2-3, June-September 2011, pp. 89-113
       
      (2011) "Muslim Young People in UK and Russia: the intersections of faith, biography, and soecity", guest editor of the special double issue of the Journal of Religion, State, and Society, vol.39, no 2-3, June-September 2011
       
       
      Al-Rasheed, M and Shterin, M. eds. (2009) Dying for Faith: Religiously Motivated Violence in the Contemporary World. London: I.B. Taruis
       
       
      with James Richardson (2008) "Constitutional Courts in Post-Communist Russia and Hungary: How Do They Treat Religion?", The Journal of Religion, State and Society 36(3), p. 251-267.
       
      with James Richardson (2004) "Legal Regulation of Religion in Russia" in James Richardson (ed.) Regulating Religion: Case Studies from Around the Globe, Kluwer Academic: London, p. 247-59.
       
      (2004) "New Religions in the New Russia" in T. Robins and P. Lucas (eds.), New Religious Movements in the 21st Century: Legal, Polical and Social Challenges in Global Perspective, Routledge: London, p. 99-117.
       
      (2003) "Religion after Atheism: Moving Away from the Communal Flat" in James Beckford (ed.) Challenging Religion, Routledge: London, p. 56-69.
       
      (2003) "Legislating on Religion in the Face of Uncertainty", in J. Gallighan and M. Kukchiyan (eds.), Law and Informal Practices: Post-Communist Society, Oxford University Press: Oxford, p. 113-33.
       
       
       
        Dr Susannah Crockford is a Research Officer at Inform. 
       
      “Why building a wall on the US-Mexico border is a symbolic monument, not sensible immigration policy” LSE US Centre Blog, 21/02/2017, http://bit.ly/2lHIgMZ
      Review of “New Age in the Modern West” by Nicholas Campion. Nova Religio. May 2017
      "Surviving with Guns in Northern Arizona," in Anthropology News. Online version. November 2016. http://www.anthropology-news.org/index.php/2016/11/09/surviving-with-guns-in-rural-arizona/ 
       
      Review of “Lure of the Arcane” by Theodore Ziolkowski, in Nova Religio, 18:4, May 2015. 
       
      “From Spiritualist Magnetism to Spiritism: the development of Spiritualist Magnetism in France, 1840-1870,” book chapter in: The Spiritualist Movement, ed Christopher Moreman. Praeger; 2013. 
       
      “Entering the Crack Between the Worlds: Symbolism in Western Shamanism,” in The Pomegranate: The International Journal of Pagan Studies [peer reviewed journal], 13:2, 2011, 184-204. 
       
      “Shamanisms and the Authenticity of Religious Experience,” in The Pomegranate: The International Journal of Pagan Studies [peer reviewed journal], 12:2, 2010, 139-158. 
       
       
      Silke Steidinger, MSc is an Assistant Research Officer at Inform
       
      (2009) 'Cult Deaths' in Encyclopedia of Death and the Human Experience, Clifton D. Bryant and Dennis L. Peck (eds), Sage Publications: London. p. 243-248.
       
      (2014) 'Cults' in The A-Z of Death and Dying: Social, Medical and Cultural Aspects, M.J. Brennan (ed), ABC-CLIO: Santa Barbara. p. 118-121
       
       
       Dr Shanon Shah is a Research Officer at Inform
       
      (2013). ‘The Malaysian dilemma: negotiating sexual diversity in a Muslim-majority Commonwealth state.’ In C. Lennox & M. Waites (Eds.), Human Rights, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in the Commonwealth: Struggles for Decriminalisation and Change (pp. 261–285). London: Institute of Commonwealth Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London.
       
      (2016). ‘Constructing an alternative pedagogy of Islam: the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Muslims.’ Journal of Beliefs & Values, 37(3), 308–319.