The Oxford Handbook of New Religious Movements

The Oxford Handbook of New Religious Movements

by James R Lewis
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195369645

ISBN-13: 9780195369649

Pub. Date: 07/22/2008

Publisher: Oxford University Press

The study of New Religious Movements (NRMs) is one of the fastest-growing areas of religious studies. This Handbook covers the current state of the field and breaks new ground. Its contributors are drawn equally from sociology and religious studies and include both established scholars and "rising stars" in the field. The core chapters deal with such

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The study of New Religious Movements (NRMs) is one of the fastest-growing areas of religious studies. This Handbook covers the current state of the field and breaks new ground. Its contributors are drawn equally from sociology and religious studies and include both established scholars and "rising stars" in the field. The core chapters deal with such central issues as conversion, the brainwashing debate, millennialism, and modernization. Another section deals with NRM subfields such as neopaganism, Satanism, and UFO religions. The final section considers NRMs in global perspective. CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title, 2005

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195369649
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
07/22/2008
Series:
Oxford Handbooks Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
576
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 9.80(h) x 1.50(d)

Table of Contents

Contributors
Overview3
1An Introduction to New Religions16
Pt. IModernization and New Religions
2Alternative Spiritualities, New Religions, and the Reenchantment of the West39
3The Sociocultural Significance of Modern New Religious Movements68
4Science and Religion in the New Religions99
5Virtually Religious: New Religious Movements and the World Wide Web119
Pt. IISocial Conflict
6Violence and New Religious Movements143
7Legal Dimensions of New Religions163
8The North American Anti-Cult Movement: Vicissitudes of Success and Failure184
9Something Peculiar about France: Anti-Cult Campaigns in Western Europe and French Religious Exceptionalism206
10Satanism and Ritual Abuse221
11Conversion and "Brainwashing" in New Religious Movements243
12Leaving the Fold: Disaffiliating from New Religious Movements298
Pt. IIISocial and Psychological Dimensions
13Psychology and the New Religious Movements317
14Millennialism333
15The Mythic Dimensions of New Religious Movements: Function, Reality Construction, and Process359
16Women in New Religious Movements378
17Children in New Religious Movements386
Pt. IVNeo-Pagans, UFOs, and Other Heterodoxies
18Waiting for the "Big Beam": UFO Religious and "Ufological" Themes in New Religious Movements419
19Esotericism in New Religious Movements445
20The Dynamics of Alternative Spirituality: Seekers, Networks, and "New Age"466
21New Religious in East Asia491
22Witches, Wiccans, and Neo-Pagans: A Review of Current Academic Treatments of Neo-Paganism514
Index534

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