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NCJ Number: 119006 Find in a Library
Title: Cults, Converts and Charisma: The Sociology of New Religious Movements
Author(s): T Robbins
Date Published: 1988
Page Count: 252
Sponsoring Agency: Sage Publications, Inc
Thousand Oaks, CA 91320
Publication Number: ISBN 0-8039-8159-7
Sale Source: Sage Publications, Inc
2455 Teller Road
Thousand Oaks, CA 91320
United States of America
Type: Best Practice/State-of-the-Art Review
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This book assesses the state-of-the-art in sociological and related work on new religious movements.
Abstract: The discussion assumes that much of the analytical material is applicable to Western European as well as to Anglo-American new religious movements (NRM's). The book first examines the major theories about sociocultural transformations and dislocations, which have been advanced to explain recent spiritual flux and ferment, followed by a review of the recent literature on processes of conversion, commitment, and disengagement in religiotherapeutic movements. After an overview of the analyses of the institutionalization and organizational patterns of contemporary NRM's, the study identifies typologies of NRM's formulated in recent decades as well as attempts to assimilate recent movements to the tradition of church-sect theory. Sociological analyses of the conflicts and controversies surrounding cults are reviewed, and the concluding chapter evaluates the impact of the explosion of NRM research on the sociology of religion. 850-item bibliography, subject index.
Main Term(s): Cults
Index Term(s): Cultural influences; Religion; Social conditions
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