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Cults: Faith, Healing and Coercion (Marc Galanter) Paperback Book, (Oxford University Press, 1999) 9780195123708
Cults: Faith, Healing and Coercion (Marc Galanter) Paperback Book, (Oxford University Press, 1999) 9780195123708
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Title: Cults: Faith, Healing and Coercion

Author: Galanter, Marc

Publisher: Oxford University Press; Publication Date: 1999

Paperback; ISBN: 9780195123708

Edition: 2nd Volumes: 1; Pages: 304

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"Galanter's book shines with brilliance."--ScienceFrom 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.CONTENTSPreface to the Second Edition Acknowledgments to the First Edition 1. The Charismatic Group I. Forces in the Charismatic Group 2. Group Cohesiveness 3. Shared Beliefs 4. Altered Consciousness II. A Model of the Charismatic Group 5. Biology and Behavior 6. The Cult as a Social System III. Case Histories of Charismatic Groups 7. Trouble at the System's Boundary 8. A Religious Sect: The Unification Church 9. The Millenium Approaches IV. Spiritual Recovery and Alternative Medicine 10. The Nature of Healing Movements 11. Alternative Healing in the Medical Mainstream 12. The AA Example App. A The Charismatic Group: A Summary App. B The Charismatic Group: Examples App. C Chronology of the Studies Notes Bibliography IndexPraise for the first edition:"Anyone wishing to understand the psychodynamics of [charismatic groups] should pick up Cults. ... [Galanter] has been a student of cult-like activity for the better part of two decades; this book represents a thoughtful and provocative summation of what he has learned."--Mark Silk, The New York Times Book Review."[Galanter] encourages us to think carefully about the extent to which our society can tolerate pluralism, innovation, and 'deviance.' ... Galanter's approach gives us an urgently needed framework that can improve the quality of discussions about cults."--The Christian Century
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