New Religious Movements
Internet based communities
Exploring 21st Century New Religious Movements, Beth’s research is situated at the intersection of web 2.0 and religious studies. Using digital and real world ethnographical methods, her PhD focuses on the Indigo Children - a New Age re-conception of both children and adults using the language of evolution and spirituality. Are the Indigo Children special, psychic and here to change the world? Or is the label just a way of re-imagining difficult children and difficult childhoods? Beth’s research considers these issues as well as wider moral panics around children, parenting, the diagnosis of conditions such as ADHD and autism and conspiracy theories about Big Pharma and vaccinations.
Other areas of research include Jediism, Scientology, Paganism and online religious subcultures.
Subject area and speciality
- Religious Studies specialists:
- New Religious Movements
- Internet based communities
- Popular Culture
- PhD topic - The Indigo Children: New Age Experimentation with Self and Science.
Beth supervises A6: Understanding Contemporary Religion and C7: Topics in the Study of Religion
Other Professional Activities
Member of BASR (British Association for the Study of Religion) and BSA (British Sociological Assocation)
“Big, Bad Pharma: New Age Biomedical Conspiracy Narratives and their Expression in the Concept of the Indigo Child”, for a conspiracy theory special issue of Nova Religio, forthcoming, November 2015.
“'SEE MOM IT IS REAL': The UK Census, Jediism and Social Media”, in Journal of Religion in Europe, Volume 7, Issue 2, June 2014
“Internet-based New Religious Movements and Dispute Resolution” in Sandberg, R. (ed.) Religion and Legal Pluralism, July 2015
“New Age Movement, Possession and Exorcism in” in Laycock, J. (ed.) Spirit Possession Around the World: Possession, Communion, and Demon Expulsion across Cultures. Forthcoming from ABC-CLIO.
“My Brother, the Insect”: Researching the Indigo Children and Their New Age Cosmologies and Spiritual Guides”, forthcoming in DISKUS, Journal of the BASR.
“No Leader, No Followers: The Internet and the End of Charisma?” in Inform’s 25th Anniversary Conference Volume, forthcoming from Ashgate.