Speak of the Devil (book)

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Speak of the Devil: tales of satanic abuse in contemporary England
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Author Jean LaFontaine
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Subject Satanic ritual abuse
Genre Non-fiction
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Publication date
1998
Pages 224
ISBN 0-521-62934-9
OCLC 36548968
364.15/554/0941 21
LC Class HV6626.54.G7 L3 1998

Speak of the Devil: tales of satanic abuse in contemporary England is a scholarly book by Jean LaFontain published in 1998 that discusses her investigation of allegations of satanic ritual abuse made in the United Kingdom. The book documents a detailed investigation of the accounts of children during a wave of allegations of satanic ritual abuse, as well as the processes within the social work profession that supported the allegations despite a lack of evidence.[1]

Reception[edit]

Academic reviews[edit]

The book was reviewed by Joel Best,[2] T. M. Luhrmann[3] James Beckford[4] and I. K. Wier.[5] Robin Woffitt of the University of Surrey praised the book for clearly describing the origins of the satanic ritual abuse moral panic in the United Kingdom.[1]

Subsequent academic reception[edit]

The English archaeologist Timothy Taylor critically discussed Fontaine's work in his book The Buried Soul: How Humans Invented Death (2002). He compared the work to the anthropologist William Arens' 1979 book The Man-Eating Myth, which he described as a "hollow certainty of viscerally insulated inexperience". Asserting that Arens' uses a flawed methodology that has echoes of Speak of the Devil, Taylor himself suggests that multiple claims of the Satanic ritual abuse have been incorrectly dismissed for being considered "improbable".[6]

Publication details[edit]

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Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Wooffitt, R. "Book review - Speak of the Devil: Tales of Satanic Abuse in Contemporary England" 3 (2). Sociological Research Online. 
  2. ^ Best, J; Fontaine, J. S. La (1999). "Reviewed work(s): Speak of the Devil: Tales of Satanic Abuse in Contemporary England by J. S. La Fontaine". Contemporary Sociology (American Sociological Association) 28 (1): 107–108. doi:10.2307/2653911. JSTOR 2653911. 
  3. ^ LUHRMANN, TM (2000). "Reviews - Speak of the Devil. Tales of satanic abuse in contemporary England. BY J. S. LA FONTAINE". Social Anthropology 8 (1): 79–89. doi:10.1017/S0964028200230085. 
  4. ^ Beckford, JA (1999). "Book Review - J. S. La Fontaine, Speak of the Devil: Tales of Satanic Abuse in Contemporary England". Sociology 33 (1): 217–218. 
  5. ^ Weir, IK (1999). "Book Reviews - Speak of the Devil: Tales of Satanic Abuse in Contemporary England. By J. S. La Fontaine". Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry 40 (5): 829–832. doi:10.1017/s0021963099213832. 
  6. ^ Taylor 2002. pp. 280–283.

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