Publications and Reports

Professor Adam Possamai


Giordan, G. and A. Possamai (2018) Sociology of Exorcism in Late Modernity, Palgrave McMillan, Basinkstoke.

Possamai, A. (2018) The I-zation of Society, Religion, and Neoliberal Post-Secularism, Palgrave McMillan, Basingstoke.


Possamai, A. and A. Blasi eds. (2020) The Sage Encyclopaedia of the Sociology of Religion (Two volumes), Sage, London. [Close to 600,000 words and 500 entries]

Possamai, A. ed (2018) ‘Religion’ in Bryan Turner eds The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Social Theory (Five Volumes), Wiley Blackwell, Oxford [Worked as Associate editor for 32 entries].

Edited Books

Giordan, G. and A. Possamai eds. (2020) The Social Scientific Study of Exorcism, Springer, Leiden.REFEREED


Possamai, A., V. Counted and T. Jinks (forthcoming) ‘Conventional and unconventional forms of religious behaviour: identifying the predictive factors and well-being outcomes’ Journal for the Study of Spirituality

Possamai, A. and G. Long (2020) ‘Losing Faith in the Classification and Evaluation of Research: A Meta-Metrics Approach to Research on Religion in Australia’ Australian Universities’ Review 62 (1): 3-9.

Possamai, A. (2019) ‘An Italian born Belgo-Australian sociologist of religion’ Journal for the Academic Study of Religion 32 (2-3): 248-261.

Possamai, A., S. Dagistanli, B. Turner and M. Voyce (2019) “Shari’a in Sydney and New York: A Perspective from Professionals and Leaders Dealing with Islamic Law” Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations Journal 30 (1): 69-85.

Counted, V., A. Possamai, C. McAuliffe and T. Meade (2018) “Attachment to Australia, attachment to God, and quality of life outcomes among African Christian diasporas in New South Wales: A cross-sectional study” Journal of Spirituality and Mental Health DOI:10.1080/19349637.2018.1499165

Counted, V., A. Possamai and T. Meade (2018) ‘Relational Spirituality and Quality of Life 2007 to 2017: An Integrative Research Review’ Health and Quality of Life Outcomes 16:75 DOI:10.1186/s12955-018-0895-x

Dagistanli, S., A. Possamai, B. Turner, M. Voyce and J. Roose (2018) ‘The limits of multiculturalism in Australia?: the Shari'a flogging case of R v. Raad, Fayed, Cifci and Coskun’ The Sociological Review  66 (6): 1258–1275 DOI: 10.1177/0038026118768133

Referred Chapters

Possamai, A. (forthcoming 2021) ‘Faith and Toleration in Neoliberal Times: Australia as a case study’ in J. Petley and J. Steel (eds.) The Routledge Companion to Censorship and Freedom of Expression, London, Routledge.

Possamai, A. and K. Openshaw (forthcoming 2021) ‘Religion’ in J. Solomos and K. Murji (eds.) An Introduction to Sociology, London, Sage.

Possamai, A. and A. Barbe-Winter (forthcoming 2020) ‘Shari’a Courts and Councils in the West’ in R. Tottoli (eds.) Routledge Handbook of Islam in the West, London, Routledge.

Possamai, A. and G. Giordan (2020) ‘The Social Scientific Study of Exorcism: Introduction’ in G. Giordan and A. Possamai (eds) The Social Scientific Study of Exorcism, Leiden, Springer: 1-14.

Counted, V. and A. Possamai (2020) ‘Confidence in the Australian Society, Belief in Demons, and Practice of Exorcism: Spirituality as a moderator’ in G. Giordan and A. Possamai (eds) The Social Scientific Study of Exorcism, Leiden, Springer: 217-236.

Possamai, A. (forthcoming 2020) ‘Conversions et altérations dans les sociétés néo-libérales : multiples et en série’ in P. Michel and J.P. Heurtin (eds) Approches contemporaines de la conversion, Paris, Labex Tepsis.Possamai, A. (2019) ‘New Spiritualities in Western Societies’ Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Religion DOI: 10.1093/acrefore/9780199340378.013.217

Possamai, A. (2019) ‘Gnostic and Esoteric Filaments in Popular Culture’ in J. Johnston, G. Trompf and G. Mikkelsen eds The Gnostic World, London, Routledge.

Possamai, A., J. Roose, B. Turner, S. Dagistanli, M. Voyce, and L. Worthington (2019) “Shari’a in Cyberspace : An Analysis of Australian and US Internet Sites” in A. Possamai-Inesedy and A. Nixon (eds.) The Digital Social: Religion and Belief, De Gruyter: 127-147.

Professor Cristina Rocha

Co-Edited Books

Rocha, C., M. Hutchinson, K. Openshaw, eds. (2020) Australian Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements: Arguments from the Margins. Leiden: Brill.

Journal Articles

Rocha, C. (2020) Materiality and Global Spiritual Networks: Old and New Sacred Places and Objects. TAJA (The Australian Journal of Anthropology) 31 (2).

Rocha, C. (2019) “God is in Control:” Middle-Class Pentecostalism and International Student Migration. Journal of Contemporary Religion 34 (1): 21-37.

Chapters in edited books

Hutchinson, M. and C. Rocha (forthcoming) Problematics in the Study of Antipodean Pentecostalism. In C. Cusack and C. Hartney (eds). Antipodes of the Soul: Religion and The Study of Religion in Australia and New Zealand. Springer.

Rocha, C. (2020) “Living the Dream:” Post-Millennial Brazilians at Hillsong College. In C. Rocha, M Hutchinson, and K. Openshaw (eds). Australian Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements: Arguments from the Margins. Leiden: Brill.

Hutchinson, M, C. Rocha, K. Openshaw (2020) Introduction: Australian Charismatic Movements as a Space of Flows. In C. Rocha, M Hutchinson, and K. Openshaw (eds), Australian Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements: Arguments from the Margins. Leiden: Brill.

Rocha, C. (2020) How Religions Travel: Comparing the John of God Movement and a Brazilian Migrant Church. In L. van de Kamp, M. Oosterbaan and J. Bahia (eds) Global Trajectories of Brazilian Religions: Lusospheres. Bloomsbury.

Other Publications, Opinion Pieces (not peer reviewed)

Halafoff, A. Weng, E., Rocha, C., et al (2020) ‘The pandemic has provided fertile conditions for conspiracy theories and “conspirituality” in Australia,’ 13 Oct. ABC Religion and Ethics.

Rocha, C. (2020)‘Fashion and Christianity: Kanye West, Hillsong and Jesus Shoes’, Religious Matters (Utrecht University), 12 January.

Rocha, C and K. McPhillips (2019) ‘#MeToo catches up with spiritual healers: the case of Brazil's John of God’, The Conversation, February 22.