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Cults : Faith, Healing and Coercion - Marc Galanter

Cults

Faith, Healing and Coercion

Paperback Published: 1st August 1999
ISBN: 9780195123708
Number Of Pages: 304

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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.

Praise for the first edition: "Anyone wishing to understand the psychodynamics of [charismatic groups] should pick up Cults....[Galanter] has been a student of cult-like activity for the better part of two decades; this book represents a thoughtful and provocative summation of what he has learned."--Mark Silk, The New York Times Book Review. "[Galanter] encourages us to think carefully about the extent to which our society can tolerate pluralism, innovation, and 'deviance.'...Galanter's approach gives us an urgently needed framework that can improve the quality of discussions about cults."--The Christian Century "Marc has brought us up to date in the latest, mostly cultic movements, which the students need."--Philip K. Armour, Ph.d., University of Texas at Dallas "Very interesting. Case approach adds interest as well."--Lesley A. Northup, Florida International University Praise for the first edition: "Anyone wishing to understand the psychodynamics of [charismatic groups] should pick up Cults....[Galanter] has been a student of cult-like activity for the better part of two decades; this book represents a thoughtful and provocative summation of what he has learned."--Mark Silk, The New York Times Book Review. "[Galanter] encourages us to think carefully about the extent to which our society can tolerate pluralism, innovation, and 'deviance.'...Galanter's approach gives us an urgently needed framework that can improve the quality of discussions about cults."--The Christian Century

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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ISBN: 9780195123708
ISBN-10: 0195123700
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 1st August 1999
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.3 x 15.3  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.42
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised