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Cults: Faith, Healing & Coercion

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From the mass weddings of Sun Myung Moon's Unification Church to the mass suicides at Jonestown, charismatic cults and their devotees have become facts of American life. Once exotic offshoots of the Sixties counterculture exciting suspicion, scorn, terror, and counter-terror, cults have grown so common and entered so many areas of public life that only spectacular disasters like the immolation of the Philadelphia cult MOVE seem to remind us how extraordinary their burgeoning really is.

Based on fifteen years of direct encounters with cults and their detractors, as well as extensive research, Marc Galanter's fascinating study explores not only how cult members feel and think at all stages of their involvement, but also how larger social and psychological forces reinforce individual commitment within the cults.

Galanter presents a wealth of compelling stories, from first-person accounts of conversions and daily life under the rule of charismatic leaders to disillusionments and voluntary and forced departures, as well as intriguing overviews of many of the most influential cults, including the most comprehensive psychological analysis ever published of the evolution of the "Moonies." He also provides a provocative and controversial account of the similarities between cults and "zealous" self-help movements such as Alcoholics Anonymous.

Moving beyond the exposés and confessions that have characterized so much of the literature on this subject, Galanter offers the most extensive and accessible psychological analysis of cults available.

Synopsis:

Using material gleaned from 25 years of direct encounters with cults and their detractors, Galanter offers the most extensive psychological analysis of these organizations available. 32 halftones.

Synopsis:

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.

About the Author

Marc Galanter is Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Division of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse at the New York University School of Medicine. The author of many books and articles on cults and addiction, he is the editor of the American Psychiatric Association's official report on cults and new religious movements.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780195123708
Author:
Galanter, Marc
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Author:
null, Marc
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Religion
Subject:
Psychology
Subject:
Sociology - General
Subject:
Cults, Demonism, the Occult
Subject:
Spiritual healing
Subject:
Cults
Subject:
Psychology, Religious
Subject:
Psychology, Social.
Subject:
Theology | American
Subject:
Medicine | Psychiatry
Subject:
Religion and Theology | American
Subject:
Medicine | Psychiatry and Psychology
Subject:
Religion & Theology | American
Subject:
Psychology : General
Edition Number:
2
Edition Description:
Second
Publication Date:
19990531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
13 halftones
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
6 x 9 x 0.9 in 0.944 lb

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Product details 304 pages Oxford University Press - English 9780195123708 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Using material gleaned from 25 years of direct encounters with cults and their detractors, Galanter offers the most extensive psychological analysis of these organizations available. 32 halftones.

"Synopsis" by , 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.

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