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Cults and New Religious Movements

Cults and New Religious Movements - 03 edition

ISBN13: 978-1405101813

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ISBN10: 1405101814
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Publisher: Blackwell Publishers
Published: 2003
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Cults and New Religious Movements - 03 edition

ISBN13: 978-1405101813

Lorne L. Dawson

ISBN13: 978-1405101813
ISBN10: 1405101814
Cover type:
Edition/Copyright: 03
Publisher: Blackwell Publishers

Published: 2003
International: No
Summary

What is a cult? Why do they emerge? Who joins them? And why do tragedies such as Waco and Jonestown occur? This reader brings together the voices of historians, sociologists, and psychologists of religion to address these key questions about new religious movements.

  • Looks at theoretical explanations for cults, why people join and what happens when they do.
  • Brings together the best work on cults by sociologists, historians, and psychologists of religion.
  • A broad-ranging, balanced and clearly organized collection of readings.
  • Includes coverage of topical issues, such as the 'brainwashing' controversy, and cults in cyberspace.
  • Section introductions by the editor situate the nature, value, and relevance of the selected readings in context of current discussions.

Table of Contents

1. The Study of New Religious Movements
2. The Nature of New Religious Movements
3. New Religious Movements in Historical and Social Context
4. Joining New Religious Movements
5. The 'Brainwashing' Controversy
6. Violence and New Religious Movements
7. Sex and Gender Issues and New Religious Movements
8. Changes in New Religious Movements and The Future

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