“Doing Ritual, Doing Time.” The Pomegranate: An International Journal of Pagan Studies. Vol, 12 (1), 2010. Pps 260-278.
“Enchanting Women: Postmodern Priestessing in America.” In Popular Spiritualities: The Politics of Contemporary Enchantment. Lynne Hume and Kathleen McPhillips (editors). Aldershot, Hampshire , UK: Ashgate Publishing. Pps. 105-116 2006
“Webs of Women: Feminist Spiritualities in North America.” In Witchcraft and Magic in 20th Century America. Helen Berger (editor). University of PA Press. Pp. 55-80 2005
“The Goddess Net.” In Religion Online: Finding Faith on the Internet. Lorne L. Dawson and Douglas E. Cowan (editors). NY: Routledge 189-203. 2004
“The Deosil Dance.” In Researching Paganisms: Religious Experiences and Academic Methodologies. Jenny Blain, Doug Ezzy, and Graham Harvey (editors). Lanham, MD: AltaMira Press. 59-67. 2004
“Goddess Spirituality and Wicca.” In Her Voice, Her Faith: Women Speak on World Religions. Arvind Sharma and Katherine Young (editors). Boulder, CO: Westview Press. Pages 243-281. 2003 (This boring title was imposed on the chapter by the editors)
Daughters of the Goddess Studies of Healing, Identity & Empowerment
Edited by Wendy Griffin
Walnut Creek, CA: AltaMira Press, 2000
This book invites the reader into the world of Feminist Witchcraft and Goddess Spirituality. It examines how women today are subverting traditional ideas about gender, using their own bodies as sacred text, and practicing one of the fastest growing religions and spiritual belief systems. The book, the first of its kind, is an edited collection of chapters from different scholars in Britain and the United States. It takes an interdisciplinary perspective through the use of participant observation, textual analysis, and in-depth interviews with women who celebrate the Female Divine. A special feature includes three chapters by non-academic practitioner/teachers.
“Crafting the Boundaries: Goddess Narrative as Incantation.” In Daughters of the Goddess: Studies of Healing, Identity & Empowerment. Wendy Griffin (editor) Walnut Creek: AltaMira Press. 73-89
“An American Paean for Diana: An Unlikely Feminist Hero.” In The Mourning for Princess Diana. Tony Walter (editor). Oxford: Berg Publishers. 241-252 . 1999.
“She Changes Everything She Touches: Ethnographic Journeys of Self-Discovery” by Tanice Foltz and Wendy Griffin in Composing Ethnography: Alternative Forms of Qualitative Writing. Edited by Carolyn Ellis and Arthur P. Bochner. Walnut Creek, CA: AltaMira Press, 1996, pp. 301-330
This paper is a reflexive account of our fieldwork experiences with a coven of Dianic witches, a feminist religious group that professes to be an agent of empowerment and change. We examine ourselves as legitimate subjects of study, revealing how we were influenced through feminist ritual and magic and how those changes affected who we have become. We believe this to be the first academic article to address the transformative process of doing fieldwork in the context of feminist ritual. We inject our voices into the experimental movement in ethnography that seeks to heal the artificial separation of subject and object, modulate the “authorial voice,” and acknowledge our subjective involvement in the creation of social knowledge. (Click here to read the article)
Reprinted 2001, 2011 (editions 1 & 2) In Sociology of Religion: A Reader . Susanne Monahan, William Mirola, and Michael Emerson Editors. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall
Reprinted: 2002 In New Perspectives on Witchcraft, Magic, and Demonology. Brian Levack (editor). New York: Routledge.
Reprinted: 2006 In Between the Worlds: Readings in Contemporary Neopaganism. Sian Reid (editor) Toronto: Canadian Scholars’ Press. Pps. 303-324.
Reprinted: 2008 In Paganism. Barbara Jane Davy (editor). Routledge Pps. 35-49
A phenomenological approach and descriptive analysis are used in this article to examine the religion of feminist Witches and women in the American Goddess Movement. By drawing on interviews with participants in the field and focusing on three specific mythopoeic images used in religious rituals, I explore how these women use consciously created myths and symbols both to shape a framework of meaning that reinterprets the relationship between the spiritual and the material, and attempts to redefine power, authority, sexuality, and social relations. Ethnographic data were collected during a period of four years through participant observation and in-depth interviews with feminist Witches and priestesses of the Goddess.
Reprinted 1995: In Deviance: A Symbolic Interactionist Approach. Nancy J. Herman (ed.). Dix Hills, NY: General Hall, Inc. 336-353
Reprinted 2001: In Extreme Methods: Innovative Approaches to Social Science Research. Richard Tewksbury and J. Mitchell Miller (eds.). Needham Heights, MA: Allyn and Bacon (Plenum Publishing).
This paper explores the religion of radical feminist witches and how it provides both the dying and the living with a meaningful framework for interpreting death. Analytical description is used to focus on significant elements of the Dianic tradition of Wicca or Witchcraft, which interprets death as an integral part of the life cycle. An analysis of a Wiccan funeral demonstrates how the religion gives meaning to life and death, links individuals to the community, helps to reestablish group solidarity, and provides a shared subjective reality for those who acknowledge only a divine female principle called “The Goddess.” The data for this paper were collected through participant observation in the coven’s rituals and selected social events over a period of one year. In-depth interviews were conducted with all coven members as well. (To read the article, click here.)
This is not an academic article, but my reaction to a Neolithic stone circle on an island in the North Sea, north of the Scottish Highlands.