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Misunderstanding Cults Searching for Objectivity in a Controversial Field

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ISBN-10: 0802081886

ISBN-13: 9780802081889

Edition: 2001

Authors: Benjamin D. Zablocki, Benjamin Zablocki, Thomas Robbins

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List price: $61.00
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
Publication date: 12/1/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 538
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.40" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

Thomas Robbins received his Ph.D. in sociology from the University of North Carolina. He has taught at or held research appointments at numerous universities. His publications include Cults, Converts, and Charisma, and Church-State Relations.

Introduction: Finding a Middle Ground in a Polarized Scholarly Arena
How Objective are the Scholars?
'O Truant Muse': Collaborationism and Research Integrity
Balance and Fairness in the Study of Alternative Religions
Caught Up in the Cult Wars: Confessions of a Canadian Researcher
Pitfalls in the Sociological Study of Cults
How Constrained are the Participants?
Towards a Demystified and Disinterested Scientific Theory of Brainwashing
Tactical Ambiguity and Brainwashing Formulations: Science or Pseudo Science
A Tale of Two Theories: Brainwashing and Conversion as Competing Political Narratives
Brainwashing Programs in the Family / Children of God and Scientology
Raising Lazarus: A Methodological Critique of Stephen Kent's Revival of the Brainwashing Model
Compelling Evidence: A Rejoinder to Lorne Dawson's Chapter
How Concerned Should Society Be?
Child-Rearing Issues in Totalist Groups
Contested Narratives: A Case Study of the Conflict Between a New Religious Movement and Its Critics
The Roots of Religious Violence in America