Teenage witches: empowerment or exploitation?

Cush, D (2004) Teenage witches: empowerment or exploitation? In: The Fourteenth Session of the International Seminar on Religious Education and Values (ISREV), 25 - 30 July 2004, Villanova University, Philadelphia, USA.


An increasing number of young girls and women identify themselves as witches, and take an interest in Wicca, witchcraft and other forms of contemporary Paganism and/or ‘New Age’ phenomena. This interest is reflected in (and/or encouraged by) commercially produced magazines and books aimed at young teenage girls, and facilitated by information available on the internet. This paper examines such material, reactions from adult Pagans, Christians and other groups, and reports the findings of interviews with young witches which is part of research in progress. This work will be set in the larger context of research into connections between teenage religion and self-esteem. Some preliminary conclusions about the attractions and meaning of witchcraft for young women will be suggested, examining whether this interest is a healthy form of empowerment or commercial exploitation of vulnerable young people

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
Divisions: School of Writing, Publishing and the Humanities
Date Deposited: 17 Aug 2014 21:13
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2023 18:44
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