Cults: Faith, Healing, and Coercion / Edition 2

Cults: Faith, Healing, and Coercion / Edition 2

by Marc Galanter
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195123700

ISBN-13: 9780195123708

Pub. Date: 05/28/1999

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

From the mass weddings of Sun Myung Moon's Unification Church to the ritual suicides at Heaven's Gate, charismatic cults and their devotees have become facts of American life. Using material gleaned from twenty-five years of direct encounters with cults and their detractors, as well as extensive research, Marc Galanter offers the most extensive psychological

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From the mass weddings of Sun Myung Moon's Unification Church to the ritual suicides at Heaven's Gate, charismatic cults and their devotees have become facts of American life. Using material gleaned from twenty-five years of direct encounters with cults and their detractors, as well as extensive research, Marc Galanter offers the most extensive psychological analysis of these organizations available. Cults explores not only how members feel and think at all stages of their involvement, but also how larger social and psychological forces reinforce individual commitment within the cults.
For this revised and newly-illustrated second edition, Galanter has added three new chapters on cult development in the 1990s, spiritual recovery movements, and alternative medicine.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195123708
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
05/28/1999
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
521,008
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition
Acknowledgments to the First Edition
1The Charismatic Group1
IForces in the Charismatic Group13
2Group Cohesiveness15
3Shared Beliefs34
4Altered Consciousness60
IIA Model of the Charismatic Group77
5Biology and Behavior79
6The Cult as a Social System92
IIICase Histories of Charismatic Groups111
7Trouble at the System's Boundary113
8A Religious Sect: The Unification Church122
9The Millenium Approaches167
IVSpiritual Recovery and Alternative Medicine185
10The Nature of Healing Movements187
11Alternative Healing in the Medical Mainstream201
12The AA Example211
App. AThe Charismatic Group: A Summary227
App. BThe Charismatic Group: Examples230
App. CChronology of the Studies232
Notes235
Bibliography249
Index265

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