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Barker, Eileen (b. 1938)

Eileen Barker, a longtime professor at London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), is perhaps the best known sociologist of religion in the area of new religious movements (NRMs). She has produced a prodigious amount of scholarship in the area, as well as establishing in 1988 the now well-recognized INFORM at LSE. INFORM, which stands for Information Network Focus on New Religious Movements, has been an important and reliable information source on new religions for the general public, scholars, governments, and the media worldwide for many years. This very influential entity has been described in some of Professor Barker's publications, and it has been a model for the development of other such entities around the world.

Professor Barker, after having completed a career in drama ...

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