Retrospect and Prospect

Sampradayas and Warwick Fieldwork in Religions and Education


  • Eleanor Nesbitt University of Warwick
  • Elisabeth Arweck University of Warwick



religion and education


This article surveys 20 years of fieldwork, indicating how themes emerged and successive phases were interconnected. The fieldwork in question was conducted by the Warwick Religions and Education Research Unit (formerly the Warwick Religious Education and Community Project) in the Institute of Education (and formerly in the Department of Arts Education) at the University of Warwick in Coventry, a city in the West Midlands, UK.1


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Author Biographies

Eleanor Nesbitt, University of Warwick

Eleanor Nesbitt is Reader in Religions and Education at the University of Warwick. Her research for nearly 30 years has focused on religious and cultural continuity and change in Hindu, Sikh and Christian UK communities and she is currently investigating the religious identity formation of children in mixed-faith families. Her recent books include: Interfaith Pilgrims (2003), Intercultural Education: Ethnographic and Religious Approaches (2004), Sikhism: A Very Short Introduction (2005).

Elisabeth Arweck, University of Warwick

Elisabeth Arweck is Senior Research Fellow in the Institute of Education at the University of Warwick and editor of the Journal of Contemporary Religion. Her publications include Researching New Religious Movements: Responses and Redefinitions (2006). She co-authored New Religious Movements in Western Europe (1997) and co-edited Theorizing Faith (2002), Reading Religion in Text and Context (2006) and Materializing Religion (2006). She is currently researching the religious identity formation of young people in mixedfaith families.


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How to Cite

Nesbitt, E., & Arweck, E. (2007). Retrospect and Prospect: Sampradayas and Warwick Fieldwork in Religions and Education. Fieldwork in Religion, 2(1), 49–64.