Cults

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Behind each policy debate over welfare reform, AIDS funding, and hate crime laws are the people struggling with poverty, illness, and discrimination. While the experts cite statistics and employ rhetoric about drug abuse, crime, and child abuse, individuals confront the horrors of addiction and the trauma of victimization.

Greenhaven Press's Social Issues Firsthand series illuminates the often-neglected human side of society's pressing problems. Each anthology presents a ...

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Overview

Behind each policy debate over welfare reform, AIDS funding, and hate crime laws are the people struggling with poverty, illness, and discrimination. While the experts cite statistics and employ rhetoric about drug abuse, crime, and child abuse, individuals confront the horrors of addiction and the trauma of victimization.

Greenhaven Press's Social Issues Firsthand series illuminates the often-neglected human side of society's pressing problems. Each anthology presents a collection of personal narratives on a featured social issue. Contributors include those who have had personal experience with the topic under discussion-either as a participant, a witness, or an involved professional. For example, Terrorism includes the perspectives of terrorists, victims, families of victims, and emergency workers. Additional features include an introduction that provides each book with essential context, a thorough bibliography, a list of organizations to contact, an annotated table of contents, and a thorough index. Each book in the Social Issues Firsthand series will provide readers with a personal context for the most pressing topics of today's political discussions.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780737739954
  • Publisher: Gale Group
  • Publication date: 9/28/2012
  • Series: Opposing Viewpoints
  • Pages: 240
  • Age range: 16 - 18 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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Table of Contents

Why Consider Opposing Viewpoints? 11

Introduction 14

Chapter 1 What Are Cults?

Chapter Preface 19

1 Cults Are Harmful and Extreme Religious Groups Jayanti Tamm 21

2 The Term Cult Is Misused for New Religious Movements Douglas E. Cowan David G. Bromley 27

3 Cults and Religions Have Important Differences H. Stephen Shoemaker 35

4 Cults and Religions Have Similarities Brad Hirschfield 43

5 Mormonism and Cults Have Similarities Christopher Hitchens 48

6 It Does Not Matter if Mormonism Is a Cult Michael Riley 53

7 Scientology Is a Dangerous Cult Amy Scobee, as told to Mike Hess 60

8 Scientology Is More than Just a Cult Janet Reitman 70

Periodical and Internet Sources Bibliography 75

Chapter 2 Are Cults a Serious Threat?

Chapter Preface 77

1 Cults Are Prone to Crime and Violence Tom O'Connor 78

2 The Threat of Cults Is Exaggerated Bruce A. Robinson 83

3 Cults Are a Serious Threat in Japan Leo Lewis 92

4 Some Cults Are Sexually Abusive Celeste Jones Kristina Jones Juliana Buhring 101

5 Polygamist Cults Threaten Women and Girls Carolyn Jessop, as told to Luiza Ch. Savage 111

6 The Practice of Polygamy Is Defensible Jacob Hodgen 118

Periodical and Internet Sources Bibliography 124

Chapter 3 Why Do People Join Cults?

Chapter Preface 126

1 Cults Brainwash Their Members Michael Haag 128

2 Cults Do Not Brainwash Their Members Bruce A. Robinson 137

3 Psychological Traits Can Influence People to Join Cults Frank MacHovec 150

4 People Join Cults for a Variety of Reasons Robin Jackson 155

Periodical and Internet Sources Bibliography 161

Chapter 4 How Can Cult Members Be Helped?

Chapter Preface 163

1 Ex-Cult Members Can Be Deprogrammed Rick Alan Ross 165

2 Some Cult Deprogrammers Are as Harmful as Cults Dominic Streatfeild 173

3 Some Ex-Cult Members Maintain Healthy Connections with Their Former Cults Gina Catena 182

4 Children Should Not Be Returned to Their Parents in Cults Flora Jessop Paul T. Brown 189

Periodical and Internet Sources Bibliography 196

For Further Discussion 197

Organizations to Contact 199

Bibliography of Books 204

Index 207

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