In 1972-a period of social upheaval much like today-sociologist Colin Campbell posited a 'cultic milieu': An underground region where true seekers test hidden, forgotten, and forbidden knowledge. Ideas and allegiances within the milieu change as individuals move between loosely organized groups, but the larger milieu persists in opposition to the dominant culture. Jeffrey Kaplan and Helene Loow find Campbell's theory especially useful in coming to grips with the varied oppositional groups of today.
Machine generated contents note: 1 Introduction -- Jeffrey Kaplan and Helene Loow -- 2 The Cult, the Cultic Milieu and Secularization -- Colin Campbell -- 3 Diggers, Wolves, Ents, Elves and Expanding Universes -- Bron Taylor -- 4 The Historical Communal Roots of Ultraconservative Groups -- Timothy Miller -- 5 Neo-Shamanism, Psychic Phenomena and Media Trickery -- Lszlo Kiirti -- 6 The Gothic Milieu -- Massimo Introvigne -- 7 Black and White Unite in Fight? -- Mattias Gardell -- 8 The Idea of Purity -- Helene Ldow -- 9 Thriving in a Cultic Milieu -- Frederick J. Simonelli -- 10 The Postwar Paths of Occult National Socialism -- Jeffrey Kaplan -- 11 The Modem Anti-Cult Movement in Historical Perspective -- J. Gordon Melton -- 12 "Who Watches the Watchman?" -- Laird Wilcox.
Number Of Pages: 360
Published: 30th July 2013
Publisher: University Press of America