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Cults: Faith, Healing, and Coercion / Edition 2

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Overview

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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195123708
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 5/28/1999
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

About the Author:
Marc Galanter is Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Division of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse at the New York University School of Medicine. The author of many books and articles on cults and addiction, he is the editor of the American Psychiatric Association's official report on cults and new religious movements.

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition
Acknowledgments to the First Edition
1 The Charismatic Group 1
I Forces in the Charismatic Group 13
2 Group Cohesiveness 15
3 Shared Beliefs 34
4 Altered Consciousness 60
II A Model of the Charismatic Group 77
5 Biology and Behavior 79
6 The Cult as a Social System 92
III Case Histories of Charismatic Groups 111
7 Trouble at the System's Boundary 113
8 A Religious Sect: The Unification Church 122
9 The Millenium Approaches 167
IV Spiritual Recovery and Alternative Medicine 185
10 The Nature of Healing Movements 187
11 Alternative Healing in the Medical Mainstream 201
12 The AA Example 211
App. A The Charismatic Group: A Summary 227
App. B The Charismatic Group: Examples 230
App. C Chronology of the Studies 232
Notes 235
Bibliography 249
Index 265
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