Witchcraft and Contemporary Paganism; Women’s Spirituality; Goddess Worship; New Religious Movements
Ph.D., New York University
M.A., Sussex University (England)
B.A., Brooklyn College of the CUNY
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Helen A. Berger
Helen A. Berger is a sociologist who specializes in the study of contemporary Paganism and Witchcraft, a new religious movement which venerates the female divine to the exclusion of, or in conjuncture with, the male divine. She has published three books, an edited volume, and numerous articles and book chapters on this topic. Her first book, A Community of Witches: Contemporary Neo-Pagans and Witches in the United States, won the A List Exceptional Books of 1999 Award. She has been interviewed on the topic of Witchcraft and Paganism by numerous newspapers including the New York Times and Washington Post. She has lectured both in the United States and Europe on the topic both at professional and public forum. She is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at West Chester University in Pennsylvania.
Comparing data from two large scale surveys that I conducted fifteen years apart of contemporary Pagans, a new religion that incorporates feminist imagery and concerns, I am writing a book examining the transformation of the religion as it has aged and its social milieu has changed. Changes in spiritual and political practices and concerns are of particular interest.
Berger, Helen A. and Douglas Ezzy. Teenage Witches: Magical Youth and the Search for the Self. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2007.
Berger, Helen A., Evan A. Leach and Leigh S. Shaffer. Voices from the Pagan Census: Neo-Paganism in the United States. Columbia, South Carolina: University of South Carolina Press, 2003.