Cults Faith, Healing, and Coercion

ISBN-10: 0195123700
ISBN-13: 9780195123708
Edition: 2nd 1999 (Revised)
Authors: Marc Galanter
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Description: From 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  More...

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Book details

List price: $24.99
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 5/20/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 9.02" wide x 5.98" long x 0.91" tall
Weight: 1.210
Language: English

From 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.

The Charismatic Group
Forces in the Charismatic Group
Group Cohesiveness
Shared Beliefs
Altered Consciousness
A Model of the Charismatic Group
Biology and Behavior
The Cult as Social System
Case Histories of Charismatic Groups
Trouble at the System's Boundary
A Religious Sect: The Unification Church
A Charismatic Healing Group: The AA Example
Epilogue

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