Cults in Context

Cults in Context : Readings in the Study of New Religious Movements

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  • Paperback | 468 pages
  • 150 x 224 x 32mm | 557.93g
  • Toronto, Canada
  • English
  • 1551300877
  • 9781551300870

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CONTENTS: Introduction: The Book and the Subject; The Scientific Study of Religion? You Must be Joking!; Definitions of Cult: From Sociological- Technical to Popular-Negative; Three Types of New Religious Movements; A Time When Mountains Were Moving; The New Religions: Demodernisation and the Protest Against Modernity; Secularisation, Revival, and Cult Formation; The Role of Deprivation in the Origin and Evolution of Religious Groups; On Becoming a World-Saver: A Theory of Conversion to a Deviant Perspective; The Joiners; The Seduction Syndrome; A Critique of 'Brainwashing' Claims about New Religious Movements; Clinical and Personality Assessment of Participants in New Religions; The Construction of Satanism as a Social Problem in Canada; Magical Therapy: An Anthropological Investigation of Contemporary Satanism; Teenage Satanism as Oppositional Youth Subculture; Sects and Violence: Factors Enhancing the Volatility of Marginal Religious Movements; The Apocalypse at Jonestown; Cult Extremism: The Reduction of Normative Dissonance; Women's 'Cocoon Work' in New Religious Movements: Sexual Experimentation and Feminine Rites of Passage; The New Age Movement and the Pentecostal/Charismatic Revival: Distinct Yet Parallel Phases of a Fourth Great Awakening?; Cultural Consequences of Cults; NRMs, the ACM, and the WWW: a Guide for Beginners.
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"This is a superb collection of readings, carefully selected and clearly organised and introduced by a person who is becoming Canada's leading expert on new religious movements. Dawson has succeeded in providing readers with a succinct collection of some of the finest material available in the key areas of new religious movement research. The book will be a welcome addition to courses in religion...as well as be a great resource for anyone interested in understanding the nature and significance of new religious movements." -- Reginald Bibby, Professor of Sociology, University of Lethbridge.
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