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Comprehending Cults: The Sociology of New Religious Movements (Lorne L Dawson) Paperback Book, (Oxford University Press, 2006) 9780195420098
Comprehending Cults: The Sociology of New Religious Movements (Lorne L Dawson) Paperback Book, (Oxford University Press, 2006) 9780195420098
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Title: Comprehending Cults: The Sociology of New Religious Movements

Author: Dawson, Lorne L

Publisher: Oxford University Press; Publication Date: 2006

Paperback; ISBN: 9780195420098

Edition: 2nd Volumes: 1; Pages: 272

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Comprehending Cults, Second Edition, provides a sociological interpretation of the phenomenon of new religious movements. While the author does not offer an apologia for cults--in either a religious or a sociological sense--he does attempt to replace suspicion and misinformation with a greater knowledge of the facts (as best we know them) and a measure of sympathetic understanding.Completely revised and updated in this second edition, the book examines all aspects of cults, while striving to delineate the very real limits of our knowledge. In addition to dealing with the troublesome aspects of the subject, including issues of violence, sexuality, and brainwashing, the author also considers the possibility that new religious movements are a source of spiritual satisfaction to their members. Offering up-to-date social science research about contemporary religious cults, Comprehending Cults, Second Edition, is ideal for undergraduate sociology of religion and new religious movements courses.Table of ContentsAcknowledgementsChapter One: Why Study New Religious Movements?The Cults in Our MidstThe Hostility Towards CultsBox 1 They Come in All Shapes and SizesResponding to the Suspicions of the PublicChapter Two: What Are New Religious Movements?Religion and Its Continuing SignificanceChurches, Sects, and CultsCreating a Typology of CultsBox 2 How New Religious Movements Change with SuccessChapter Three: Why Did New Religious Movements Emerge?Asking the Right Question FirstNew Religious Movements as a Response to Cultural ChangeBox 3 Three Models of Cult FormationNew Religious Movements as an Expression of Cultural ContinuityConcluding RemarksChapter Four: Who Joins New Religious Movements and Why?The StereotypesGetting Involved with New Religious MovementsThe Social Attributes of Those Who JoinBox 4 Why Are American Converts to New Religious Movements Disporportionately Jewish?Some Reasons for JoiningChapter Five: Are Converts to New Religious Movements 'Brainwashed'?The Issue and Its SignificanceThe Case Against the CultsThe Case Against BrainwashingBox 5 The Active Versus Passive ConvertReformulating the Issues in the Brainwashing DebateChapter Six: Why Are New Religious Movements So Often Accused of Sexual Deviance?Sexual Deviance and the CultsBox 6 Child Abuse and the Social Control of NRMsGender MattersChapter Seven: Why Do Some New Religious Movements Become Violent?.Responding to Recent 'Cult' TragediesApocalyptic BeliefsCharismatic LeadershipSocial EncapsulationBox 7 Surviving the Failure of Apocalyptic PropheciesConcluding RemarksChapter Eight: What Is the Cultural Significance of New Religious Movements?Our Skewed PerspectiveModernism and the New Religious MovementsBox 8 Factors Affecting the Success of NRMsPostmodernism and the New Religious MovementsNRMs: Anti-modern, Modern, or Postmodern?Concluding RemarksNotesBibliographyIndex
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