Cults: Faith, Healing and Coercion

Paperback | May 15, 1999

byMarc Galanter

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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 asextensive 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 thecults. 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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This book uses extensive research, including direct encounters with the cults themselves, to offer psychological insight into these organizations and how they work. It also looks at the social and psychological forces in our own culture that reinforce commitment within these organizations. This revised edition of Cults: Faith, Healing ...

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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 asextensive research, Marc Galanter offers the most e...

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.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 5.98 × 9.02 × 0.91 inPublished:May 15, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195123700

ISBN - 13:9780195123708

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This book uses extensive research, including direct encounters with the cults themselves, to offer psychological insight into these organizations and how they work. It also looks at the social and psychological forces in our own culture that reinforce commitment within these organizations. This revised edition of Cults: Faith, Healing and Coercion includes chapters on alternative medicine, spiritual recovery movements and cult development in the last part of the century.

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"[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