Monday 19 February 2024

New Publication: "The New Witches of the West: Tradition, Liberation, and Power"

I just wanted to post a quick update to alert readers to my latest publication, The New Witches of the West: Tradition, Liberation, and Power. This short academic book is part of Cambridge University Press’ Elements in New Religious Movements series, edited by scholar Rebecca Moore, who kindly invited me to contribute. The book discusses why practitioners of various different new religions active in modern Western societies have embraced the witch as a self-identity, drawing on examples including Wicca, ‘traditional witchcraft’, LaVeyan Satanism, and African diasporic traditions like Hoodoo. To my knowledge, this is the first monograph-length academic study to really deal with these varied forms of modern religious witchcraft in tandem.

The book is available as a free download from the publisher’s website until 23rd February 2024 (here). Print copies, both in paperback and hardback, should also be available soon.