Sunday, 13 April 2014

Open post to U.S. Pagans: Contribute to sociology - fill in the Pagan Census Revisited II !

Back in the 1990s, American sociologist of religion Helen A. Berger conducted a project which she termed the Pagan Census in a successful attempt to gain a far better understanding of the contemporary Pagan community's main demographic information. (For those of you particularly interested, her findings were published in 2003 by the University of South Carolina Press as Voices from the Pagan Census: A National Survey of Witches and Neo-Pagans in the United States).

Then, from 2009-2010, Berger teamed up with the well-known scholar of new religious movements James R. Lewis to perform the Pagan Census Revisited, in the hope of observing how things had changed in the intervening decade. Now, Berger and Lewis have assembled together what they term the Pagan Census Revisited II, a series of 31 questions that they would like to ask practicing Pagans in the U.S. They would be grateful if anyone who does so happen to be a practicing Pagan in the States would fill out the confidential questionnaire, which can be done online at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/PCR-II. If anyone reading this is indeed eligible, I'd really recommend taking part in this survey as it will give us all a far greater understanding and appreciation of the changing face of Paganism in the U.S. - and that's something of benefit to both the scholarly and Pagan communities.

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