Professor Adam Possamai

Professor Adam Possamai

Director, Research & Higher Degree Research,
Dean's Unit School of Social Sciences & Psychology

Director, Research & Higher Degree Research,
Dean's Unit School of Social Sciences & Psychology

Professor,
Religion and Society (SSAP)

Biography

Adam Possamai is Professor in Sociology. He is the author of Sociology: A Down-to-Earth Approach(Pearson, 2010 with James Henslin and Alphia Possamai-Inesedy),Sociology of Religion for Generations X and Y(Equinox, 2009),Religion and Popular Culture: A Hyper-Real Testament(Peter Lang, 2007) andIn Search of New Age Spiritualities(Ashgate, 2005). He is the editor ofThe handbook of Hyper-Real Religion(Brill, 2012) and, with Jack Barbalet and Bryan Turner, of Religion and the State: A Comparative Sociology(Anthem Press, 2011). He is a former President of Research Committee 22 on the Sociology of Religion from the International Sociological Association, and of the Australian Association for the Study of Religions. He was the 2002–2007 co-editor of theAustralian Religion Studies Review. He has been Associate Head of School in the School of Social Sciences, UWS, specialising in research, and he is currently Director of the Religion and Society Research Centre. His work has been published in English, French, Spanish, Romanian and Slovakian. His fictions have been published asPerles Noires(Nuit d’Avril, 2005; Lokomodo, 2011) andLe XXIème Siècle de Dickerson et Ferra(Asgard, 2012).

This information has been contributed by Professor Possamai.

Qualifications

  • BSocSc Catholic University of Leuven
  • GDipEd Catholic University of Leuven
  • PhD La Trobe University

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Dean's Unit School of Social Sciences & Psychology
  • Dean's Unit School of Social Sciences & Psychology
  • Religion and Society (SSAP)

Contact

Email: A.Possamai@westernsydney.edu.au
Phone: (02) 9772 6623

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Mobile: 0420303842
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Location: 24.G.59
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Publications

Books

  • Cox, J. and Possamai, A. (2016), 'Religion and Non-Religion Among Australian Aboriginal Peoples', : Routledge 9781472443830.
  • Onnudottir, H., Possamai, A. and Turner, B. (2013), 'Religious Change and Indigenous Peoples: The Making of Religious Identities', : Ashgate 9781409448679.
  • Henslin, J., Possamai, A. and Possamai-Inesedy, A. (2010), 'Sociology: A Down-To-Earth Approach', : Pearson 9781442517813.
  • Possamai, A. (2009), 'Sociology of Religion for Generations X and Y', : Equinox 9781845533038.
  • Possamai, A. (2005), 'Religion and Popular Culture: A Hyper-Real Testament', : P.I.E.-Peter Lang 9052012725.
  • Possamai, A. (2005), 'In Search of New Age Spiritualities', : Ashgate Publishing Ltd 0754652130.

Chapters in Books

  • Cox, J. and Possamai, A. (2016), 'Religion, cultural hybridity and chains of memory', Religion and Non-Religion Among Australian Aboriginal Peoples, Routledge 9781472443830.
  • Cox, J. and Possamai, A. (2016), 'Introduction : the Australian census, religious diversity and the religions 'nones' among Indigenous Australians', Religion and Non-Religion Among Australian Aboriginal Peoples, Routledge 9781472443830.
  • Possamai, A. (2015), 'Shari'a and multiple modernities in Western countries : toward a multi-faith pragmatic modern approach rather than a legal pluralist one?', The Sociology of Shari'a: Case Studies From Around the World, Springer 9783319096049.
  • Turner, B. and Possamai, A. (2015), 'Introduction : legal pluralism and Shari'a', The Sociology of Shari'a: Case Studies From Around the World, Springer 9783319096049.
  • Possamai, A., Turner, B., Roose, J., Dagistanli, S. and Voyce, M. (2015), 'Perception of Shari'a in Sydney and New York newspapers', The Sociology of Shari'a: Case Studies from Around the World, Springer 9783319096049.
  • Possamai, A. (2015), 'The Gracelands of multiple modernities', Modernities, Memory and Mutations: Grace Davie and the Study of Religion, Ashgate 9781472436177.
  • Roose, J. and Possamai, A. (2015), 'Between rhetoric and reality : Shari'a and the shift towards neoliberal multiculturalism in Australia', Cultural, Religious and Political Contestations: The Multicultural Challenge, Springer 9783319160023.
  • Bouma, G., Ezzy, D., Halafoff, A. and Possamai, A. (2015), 'Sociology of religion in Australia', Sociologies of Religion: National Traditions, Brill 9789004297296.
  • Nixon, A. and Possamai, A. (2013), 'Techno-shamanism and the economy of ecstasy as a religious experience', Pop Pagan : Paganism and Popular Music, Acumen 9781844656462.
  • Hussain, J. and Possamai, A. (2013), 'Australia : the down-under approach and reaction to shari'a : an impasse in post-secularism?', Applying Shari'a in the West: Fact, Fears and the Future of Islamic Rules on Family Relations in the West , Leiden University Press 9789087281700.
  • Possamai, A. and Possamai-Inesedy, A. (2012), 'Battlefield Earth and Scientology : a cultural/religious industry a la Frankfurt School?', Hanbook of New Religions and Cultural Production, Brill 9789004221871.
  • Onnudottir, H., Possamai, A. and Turner, B. (2012), 'Islam and Indigenous populations in Australia and New Zealand', Muslims in the West and the Challenges of Belonging, Melbourne University Press 9780522861624.
  • Possamai, A. (2012), 'Yoda goes to Glastonbury : an introduction to hyper-real religions', Handbook of Hyper-Real Religions, Brill 9789004218819.
  • Possamai, A. (2012), 'Conclusion : the future of hyper-real religions?', Handbook of Hyper-Real Religions, Brill 9789004218819.
  • Possamai, A. and Possamai-Inesedy, A. (2011), 'Religion como una isla de seguridad o como un agente contra los peligros de la sociedad de riesgo', Educacion e investigacion ambientales y sustentabilidad, Universidad Pedagogica Nacional 9876074130973.
  • Possamai, A., Turner, B. and Barbalet, J. (2011), 'Introduction: States, Consumption and Managing Religions', Religion and the State: A Comparative Sociology, Anthem Press 9780857287984.
  • Sriprakash, A. and Possamai, A. (2011), 'Hindu Normalization, Nationalism and Consumer Mobilization', Religion and the State: A Comparative Sociology, Anthem Press 9780857287984.
  • Possamai, A. (2011), 'Gramsci, Jediism, the Standardization of Popular Religion and the State', Religion and the State: A Comparative Sociology, Anthem Press 9780857287984.
  • Barbalet, J., Possamai, A. and Turner, B. (2011), 'Public Religions and the State: A Comparative Perspective', Religion and the State: A Comparative Sociology, Anthem Press 9780857287984.
  • Possamai, A. and Lee, M. (2010), 'Religion and Spirituality in Science Fiction Narratives: A Case of Multiple Modernities?', Religions of Modernity. Relocating the Sacred to the Self and the Digital, Brill 9789004184510.
  • Possamai, A. (2010), 'Hiperrealidad religiosa y cultura contemporanea de la participacion en el mundo virtual de la red', Religiosidades y creencias contempraneas: Diversidades de lo simbolico en el mundo actual, El Colegio Mexiquense, A.C. 9786077761174.
  • Possamai, A. and Possamai-Inesedy, A. (2009), 'Scientology Down Under', Scientology, Oxford University Press 9780195331493.
  • Possamai, A. (2008), 'Australia's 'shy' de-secularisation process', Religion, Spirituality and the Social Sciences, The Policy Press 9781847420411.
  • Possamai, A. (2008), 'Popular Religion', The World's Religions. Continuities and Transformations, Routledge 9780415397254.
  • Possamai, A. (2007), 'Les spiritualites alternatives de la phase du capitalisme tardif', La mondialisation du phenomene religieux, MediasPaul 9782894207154.
  • Possamai, A. (2007), 'Producing and Consuming New Age Spirituality: the Cultic Milieu and the Network Paradigm', Handbook of New Age, Brill 9789004153554.
  • Possamai, A. and Possamai-Inesedy, A. (2007), 'Risk Society, Sustainable Development and Religion', Religion, Culture and Sustainable Development in Encyclopaedia of Life Support Systems, EOLSS Publishers under the Auspices of the UNESCO .
  • Possamai, A. (2006), 'Superheores and the Development of Latent Abilities: A Hyper-Real Re-enchantment', Popular Spiritualities: The Politics of Contemporary Enchantment, Ashgate Publishing Ltd 0754639991.
  • Possamai, A. (2005), 'New Age V Austr lII: Spolocensk, A Duchovn, Aspekty' [New Age in Australia: Social and Spiritual Aspects]', New Age, Ustav pre vzt'ahy statu a cirkvi 8089096190.
  • Possamai, A. (2004), 'Diversity in Alternative Spiritualities: Keeping New Age at Bay', The Encyclopedic Sourcebook of New Age Religions, Prometheus Books 1591020409.
  • Possamai, A. (2004), 'Nature Religions', Australia's Religious Communities: A Multimedia Exploration, Christian Research Association 1875223194.

Journal Articles

  • Milani, M. and Possamai, A. (2016), 'Sufism, spirituality and consumerism : the case study of the Nimatullahiya and Naqshbandiya Sufi orders in Australia', Contemporary Islam: Dynamics of Muslim Life, vol 10, no 1 , pp 67 - 85.
  • Possamai, A., Dunn, K., Hopkins, P., Amin, F., Worthington, L. and Ali, J. (2016), 'Muslim students' religious and cultural experiences in the micro-publics of university campuses in NSW, Australia', Australian Geographer, vol 47, no 3 , pp 311 - 324.
  • Possamai, A., Turner, B., Cheng, J., Voyce, M. and Dagistanli, S. (2016), 'Shari'a and everyday life in Sydney', Australian Geographer, vol 47, no 3 , pp 341 - 354.
  • Possamai, A., Dunn, K., Hopkins, P., Worthington, L. and Amin, F. (2016), '[In Press] Muslim students' cultural and religious experiences in city, suburban and regional university campuses in NSW, Australia', Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, .
  • Possamai, A. (2015), 'Popular and lived religions', Current Sociology, vol 63, no 6 , pp 781 - 799.
  • Sriprakash, A., Possamai, A. and Brackenreg, E. (2014), 'Cosmopolitan tensions : religious diversity in an Australian university', Australian Educational Researcher , vol 41, no 3 , pp 227 - 242.
  • Cox, J. and Possamai, A. (2014), 'Religion, "non-religion" and indigenous peoples on the 2011 Australian National Census', Diskus, vol 16, no 2 , pp 31 - 44.
  • Possamai, A. (2014), 'Popular and lived religions', Sociopedia.isa, .
  • Possamai, A. and Possamai-Inesedy, A. (2014), 'Cultural framing of risk and religion within science fiction narratives', Journal for the Academic Study of Religion, vol 27, no 1 , pp 94 - 113.
  • Possamai, A., Sriprakash, A., Brackenreg, E. and McGuire, J. (2014), 'Chaplaincies in a "post-secular" multicultural university', Fieldwork in Religion, vol 9, no 2 , pp 147 - 165.
  • Onnudottir, H., Possamai, A., Turner, B. and Kennedy, M. (2013), 'Australian Aboriginal Muslims in prison', Journal of Intercultural Studies, vol 34, no 3 , pp 280 - 294.
  • Milani, M. and Possamai, A. (2013), 'The Nimatullahiya and Naqshbandiya Sufi orders on the Internet : the cyber-construction of tradition and the McDonaldisation of spirituality', Journal for the Academic Study of Religion, vol 26, no 1 , pp 51 - 75.
  • Possamai, A., Turner, B., Roose, J., Dagistanli, S. and Voyce, M. (2013), 'Defining the conversation about Shari'a : representations in Australian newspapers ', Current Sociology , vol 61, no 5-6 , pp 626 - 645.
  • Possamai, A. and Turner, B. (2012), 'Authority and liquid religion in cyber-space : the new territories of religious communication', International Social Science Journal , vol 63, no 209-210 , pp 197 - 206.
  • Possamai, A. and Lee, M. (2011), 'Hyper-real religions: Fear, anxiety and late-modern religious innovation', Journal of Sociology, vol 47, no 3 , pp 227 - 242.
  • Voyce, M. and Possamai, A. (2011), 'Legal pluralism, family personal laws, and the rejection of Shari'a in Australia: A case of multiple or "clashing" modernities?', Democracy and Security, vol 7, no 4 , pp 338 - 353.
  • Possamai, A. (2011), 'Political culture, the Nation of Islam, the Nuwaubian Nation and the Muslim Brotherhood : a review article', Alternative Spirituality and Religion Review, vol 2, no 2 , pp 356 - 368.
  • Onnudottir, H., Possamai, A. and Turner, B. (2010), 'Islam: A New Religious Vehicle for Aboriginal Self-Empowerment in Australia?', International Journal for the Study of New Religions, vol 1, no 1 , pp 49 - 74.
  • Stevenson, D., Dunn, K., Possamai, A. and Piracha, A. (2010), 'Religious belief across ?post-secular' Sydney : the multiple trends in (de)secularisation', Australian Geographer, vol 41, no 3 , pp 323 - 350.
  • Possamai, A. and Brackenreg, E. (2009), 'Religious and spirituality diversity at a multi-campus suburban university: what type of need for chaplaincy', Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, vol 31, no 4 , pp 355 - 366.
  • Possamai, A., Bellamy, J. and Castle, K. (2007), 'The Diffusion of New Age Beliefs and Practices among Australian Church Attenders', Fieldwork in Religion, vol 2, no 1 , pp 9 - 26.
  • Possamai, A. (2007), ''Secularisation' and 'Religon' as Zombie Categories', Australian Religion Studies Review, vol 20, no 2 , pp 233 - 242.
  • Possamai, A. and Possamai-Inesedy, A. (2007), 'The Baha'i faith and Caodaism. Migration, change and de-secularization(s) in Australia', Journal of Sociology, vol 43, no 3 , pp 301 - 317.
  • Possamai, A. (2006), '2005 AASR Presidential Address. Ways and Means for the Third Millenium: National Associations for the Study of Religions', Australian Religion Studies Review, vol 19, no 1 , pp 3 - 17.
  • Possamai, A. and Lee, M. (2004), 'New Religious Movements and the Fear of Crime', Journal of Contemporary Religion, vol 19, no 3 , pp 337 - 352.
  • Possamai, A. (2004), 'Intellectuals of the Other in Religion: Fear and Fascination', Australian Religion Studies Review, vol 17, no 2 , pp 10 - 19.
  • Possamai, A. (2003), 'Alternative Spiritualities and the Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism', Culture and Religion, vol 4 , pp 31 - 46.
  • Possamai, A. (2003), 'The Social Construction of Comic Books as a (Non) Recognised Form of Art in Australia', Form/Work, vol 6 , pp 109 - 122.
  • Possamai, A. (2003), 'Alternative Spiritualities, New Religious Movements and Jediism in Australia', Australian Religion Studies Review, vol 16, no 2 , pp 69 - 86.
  • Possamai, A. (2002), 'Secrecy and Consumer Culture: an exploration of esotericism in contemporary society using the work of Simmel and Baudrillard', Australian Religion Studies Review, vol 15, no 1 , pp 44 - 56.
  • Possamai, A. (2002), 'Cultural consumption of history and popular culture in alternative spiritualities', Journal of consumer culture, vol 2, no 2 , pp 197 - 218.
  • Possamai, A. (2001), 'Not the New Age: Perennism and Spiritual Knowledges', Australian Religion Studies Review, vol 14, no 1 , pp 82 - 96.

Conference Papers

  • Possamai, A. (2007), 'The 2007 Charles Strong Lecture. Yoda Goes to the Vatican: Youth Spirituality and Popular Culture', The 2007 Australian Association for the Study of Religions Conference. The end of the World as we Know it? New Directions in australian Spirituality, Melbourne.
  • Possamai, A. (2001), 'A Revisionist Perspective on Secularisation: Alternative Spiritualities, Globalised Consumer culture, and Public Spheres', 1999 Australian Association for the Study of Religion (AASR) Conference, Sydney.

Other Publications

  • 2015, 'Le Crepuscule de Torquemada', Published Work
  • 2012, 'Le XXIe siecle de Dickerson et Ferra', Published Work
  • 2005, 'Perles Noires', Published Work

Research

Previous Projects

Title: Non-Religion amongst Australian Aboriginal Peoples
Years: 2012-11-13 - 2014-01-31
ID: P00021174
Western Researchers: Adam Possamai and George Morgan
Funding:
  • University of Western Sydney
Title: Muslims on Campus: University Life for Muslim students in Australia
Years: 2012-11-15 - 2015-02-06
ID: P00021215
Western Researchers: Adam Possamai and Kevin Dunn
Funding:
  • University of Western Sydney
Title: Alternative Spiritualities and the Internet: a re-enchantment of the world?
Years: 2003-01-25 - 2004-06-30
ID: P0011692
Western Researchers: Adam Possamai
Funding:
  • University of Western Sydney
Title: The De-Secularisation of Sydney's Western Suburbs via the Outreach Activities of New Religious Movements and New Migrant Religious Movements.
Years: 2001-01-01 - 2001-12-31
ID: P0011882
Western Researchers: Adam Possamai
Funding:
  • University of Western Sydney
Title: Church Life - religious, social and cultural beliefs
Years: 2004-04-01 - 2007-03-31
ID: P0011384
Western Researchers: Adam Possamai
Funding:
  • University of Western Sydney
Title: Testing the limits of post-secularism and multiculturalism in Australia, France and the USA: Shari'a in the everyday life of Muslim communities
Years: 2012-07-01 - 2016-02-29
ID: P00020137
Western Researchers: Adam Possamai and Selda Dagistanli
Funding:
  • Australian Research Council (ACRG)
Title: Islam, youth masculinities and place: international perspectives
Years: 2010-11-17 - 2011-11-16
ID: P00019468
Western Researchers: Kevin Dunn and Adam Possamai
Funding:
  • University of Western Sydney
Title: Experience of Muslims in Australian and US courts
Years: 2011-11-09 - 2013-02-28
ID: P00020502
Western Researchers: Adam Possamai and David Tait
Funding:
  • University of Western Sydney

Supervision

Professor Possamai is available to be a principal supervisor for doctoral projects

Current Supervision

Title: Identifying the Influence and Effect of Christian Motorcycle Clubs on the Culture of Patched Motorcycle Clubs
Field of Research:
Title: Islamic Family Separation in the Australian Legal System
Field of Research:
Title: The Rise of the New Atheism
Field of Research:
Title: "With us or Against us?" Hegemony and Ideology within American Comic Books 2001-2007
Field of Research:

Previous Supervision

Title: Sold Out! An Ethnographic Study of Australian Indie Music Festivals
Field of Research: SOCIOLOGY
Thesis: Sold Out! An Ethnographic Study of Australian Indie Music Festivals
Title: Going Walkabout Together Through the Suburbs
Field of Research: SOCIAL WORK
Thesis: Going Walkabout Together Through the Suburbs
Title: Avoiding the Stain of Religion: Attitudes toward Social Engagement amongst Australian Tibetan Buddhists
Field of Research: SOCIETY AND CULTURE; RELIGIOUS STUDIES
Thesis: Avoiding the Stain of Religion: Attitudes toward Social Engagement amongst Australian Tibetan Buddhists
Title: Chained to the Kitchen Sink? Sydney Muslim Women's Public Sphere Activity
Field of Research: OTHER SOCIETY AND CULTURE
Thesis: Chained to the Kitchen Sink? Sydney Muslim Women's Public Sphere Activity

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