Sects, Cults, And Spiritual Communities: A Sociological Analysis

Paperback | June 1, 1998

EditorWilliam W. Zellner

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American society is culturally diverse with a variety of religious denominations, sects, cults, and self-help groups vying for members. This volume analyzes nine of these groups, chosen both for their intrinsic interest and because they illustrate a variety of sociological concepts. The groups included in this study are: Heaven's Gate, Jesus People USA, the Love Family, The Farm, Amish Women, Scientology, El Nino Fidencio, Santeria, and Freedom Park. The contributors are social scientists with first-hand experience of the groups they examine.

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American society is culturally diverse with a variety of religious denominations, sects, cults, and self-help groups vying for members. This volume analyzes nine of these groups, chosen both for their intrinsic interest and because they illustrate a variety of sociological concepts. The groups included in this study are: Heaven's Gate,...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 9.23 × 6.06 × 0.59 inPublished:June 1, 1998Publisher:Praeger Publishers

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ISBN - 10:0275963357

ISBN - 13:9780275963354

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?This engaging book provides an analysis of nine religious groups. [T]he strength of this volume lies in its careful descriptions from an insider's perspective. All contributions are eminently readable, some even entertaining. Much of the information provided derives from participant observation and in-depth interviews with group members, and for much of the book it is evident that the authors managed to establish a close and trusting relationship with group members....[T]his book is a welcome addition to the sociological literature of groups outside the religious mainstream. It is recommended for use in undergraduate courses in the sociology of religion and culture.??Qualitative Sociology