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The Cultic Milieu : Oppositional Subcultures in an Age of Globalization - Jeffrey S. Kaplan

The Cultic Milieu

Oppositional Subcultures in an Age of Globalization

By: Jeffrey S. Kaplan (Editor), Helene Loow (Editor)


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In 1999, a seemingly incongruous collection of protestors converged in Seattle to shut down the meetings of the World Trade Organization. Union leaders, environmentalists dressed as endangered turtles, mainstream Christian clergy, violence-advocating anarchists, gay and lesbian activists, and many other diverse groups came together to protest what they saw as the unfair power of a nondemocratic elite. But how did such strange bedfellows come together? And can their unity continue? In 1972--another period of social upheaval--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. While the issues differ, current subcultures often behave in similar ways to deviant groups of the past. The Cultic Milieu brings together scholars looking at racial, religious and environmental oppositional groups as well as looking at the watchdog groups that oppose these groups in turn. While providing fascinating information on their own subjects, each essay contributes to a larger understanding of our present-day cultic milieu. For classes in the social sciences or religious studies, The Cultic Milieu offers a novel way to look at the interactions and ideas of those who fight against the powerful in our global age.

What do deep ecologists, neo-nazis, goths, black nationalists, and urban shamans have in common? They are all part of a 'cultic milieu, ' an underground culture that embraces everyone, right or left, good or bad, who thrives on standing in opposition to the social mainstream. The articles in this book explore how and why, as they analyze movements that have rarely been brought together before. It's a fantastic collection, bound to blow the world of cultic studies wide open.--Robert Ellwood, (University of Southern California)

Introductionp. 1
The Cult, the Cultic Milieu and Secularizationp. 12
Diggers, Wolves, Ents, Elves and Expanding Universesp. 26
The Historical Communal Roots of Ultraconservative Groupsp. 75
Neo-Shamanism, Psychic Phenomena and Media Trickeryp. 110
The Gothic Milieup. 138
Black and White Unite in Fight?p. 152
The Idea of Purityp. 193
Thriving in a Cultic Milieup. 211
The Postwar Paths of Occult National Socialismp. 225
The Modern Anti-Cult Movement in Historical Perspectivep. 265
"Who Watches the Watchman?"p. 290
Indexp. 344
About the Contributorsp. 352
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ISBN: 9780759102040
ISBN-10: 075910204X
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 360
Published: 28th July 2002
Publisher: ALTA MIRA PR
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.71 x 14.94  x 2.31
Weight (kg): 0.56