The Oxford Handbook of New Religious Movements

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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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195369649
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 7/22/2008
  • Series: Oxford Handbooks Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 576
  • Sales rank: 846,691
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

James Lewis is Associate Professor of Religion, University of Tromso, Norway.

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Table of Contents

Overview 3
1 An Introduction to New Religions 16
Pt. I Modernization and New Religions
2 Alternative Spiritualities, New Religions, and the Reenchantment of the West 39
3 The Sociocultural Significance of Modern New Religious Movements 68
4 Science and Religion in the New Religions 99
5 Virtually Religious: New Religious Movements and the World Wide Web 119
Pt. II Social Conflict
6 Violence and New Religious Movements 143
7 Legal Dimensions of New Religions 163
8 The North American Anti-Cult Movement: Vicissitudes of Success and Failure 184
9 Something Peculiar about France: Anti-Cult Campaigns in Western Europe and French Religious Exceptionalism 206
10 Satanism and Ritual Abuse 221
11 Conversion and "Brainwashing" in New Religious Movements 243
12 Leaving the Fold: Disaffiliating from New Religious Movements 298
Pt. III Social and Psychological Dimensions
13 Psychology and the New Religious Movements 317
14 Millennialism 333
15 The Mythic Dimensions of New Religious Movements: Function, Reality Construction, and Process 359
16 Women in New Religious Movements 378
17 Children in New Religious Movements 386
Pt. IV Neo-Pagans, UFOs, and Other Heterodoxies
18 Waiting for the "Big Beam": UFO Religious and "Ufological" Themes in New Religious Movements 419
19 Esotericism in New Religious Movements 445
20 The Dynamics of Alternative Spirituality: Seekers, Networks, and "New Age" 466
21 New Religious in East Asia 491
22 Witches, Wiccans, and Neo-Pagans: A Review of Current Academic Treatments of Neo-Paganism 514
Index 534
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