Comprehending Cults: The Sociology of New Religious Movements / Edition 2

Comprehending Cults: The Sociology of New Religious Movements / Edition 2

by Lorne L. Dawson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195420098

ISBN-13: 9780195420098

Pub. Date: 01/25/2006

Publisher: Oxford University Press

This book summarizes, synthesizes, and assesses the results of thirty years of research into new religious movements by historians, sociologists, and psychologists of religion. Organized in terms of seven of the most commonly asked questions about cults (e.g., Why did they emerge? Who joins them and why? Why do some become violent?), the book clarifies the issues at…  See more details below

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This book summarizes, synthesizes, and assesses the results of thirty years of research into new religious movements by historians, sociologists, and psychologists of religion. Organized in terms of seven of the most commonly asked questions about cults (e.g., Why did they emerge? Who joins them and why? Why do some become violent?), the book clarifies the issues at stake, seeking to replace prejudice and speculation with reliable insights into the nature of cult activity.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195420098
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
01/25/2006
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
626,803
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 5.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction: Why I Wrote This Book1
Ch. 1What Are New Religious Movements?13
Ch. 2Why Did New Religious Movements Emerge?41
Ch. 3Who Joins New Religious Movements and Why?72
Ch. 4Are Converts to New Religious Movements 'Brainwashed'?102
Ch. 5Why Do Some New Religious Movements Become Violent?128
Ch. 6Are the New Religious Movements Culturally Significant?158
Notes181
Bibliography193
Index227

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