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NCJ Number: 119007 Find in a Library
Title: New Religious Movements and Society: Theories and Explanations (From Cults, Converts and Charisma, P 2-62, 1988, Thomas Robbins -- See NCJ-119006)
Author(s): T Robbins
Date Published: 1988
Page Count: 61
Sponsoring Agency: Sage Publications, Inc
Thousand Oaks, CA 91320
Sale Source: Sage Publications, Inc
2455 Teller Road
Thousand Oaks, CA 91320
United States of America
Type: Research (Theoretical)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This chapter discusses theories developed to explain the apparent proliferation and growth of new religious movements (NRM's) in America in the late 1960's through the 1970's.
Abstract: Many of the theories relating the recent proliferations of NRM's to factor such as moral ambiguity, cultural confusion, communal dislocations, civil religious decline, or a linear secularization process tend to be crisis theories and/or modernization theories. They pinpoint some acute and distinctively modern dislocation believed to be producing some mode of alienation, anomie, or deprivation to which Americans are responding by searching for new structures of meaning and community. Most of the theories are parochial, in that they deal primarily with intra-societal sources of sociocultural transformation and ignore contemporary "globalist" or "world system" influences, or they treat the sources of NRM's in isolation from the sources of other contemporary movements. The theories reviewed have not been sufficiently tested with research.
Main Term(s): Cults
Index Term(s): Cultural influences; Religion; Social conditions
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