Teaching New Religious Movements

Hardcover | June 8, 2007

byDavid G. Bromley

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Since its inception around 1970, the study of New Religious Movements (NRMs) has evolved into an established multidisciplinary field. At the same time, both the movements and the scholars who study them have been the subjects of intense controversy. In this volume, a group of senior NRMscholars who have been instrumental in the development of the field will offer pivotal essays that present the basics of NRM scholarship along with guidance for teachers on classroom use. The book is organized topically around subjects that are both central to the study of NRMs and likely to be useful to non-specialists. Part I contains examinations of the definitional boundaries of the area of study, varying disciplinary perspectives on NRMs, unique methodological/ethical problemsencountered in the study of NRMs, and the controversies that have confronted scholars studying NRMs and the movements themselves. Part II examines a series of topics central to teaching about NRMs: the larger sociocultural significance of the movements, their distinctive symbolic and organizationalfeatures, the interrelated processes of joining and leaving NRMs, the organization of gender roles in NRMs, media and popular culture portrayals of the movements, the occurrence of corruption and abuse within movements, and violence by and against NRMs. Part III provides informational resources forteaching about NRMs, which are particularly important in a field where knowing the biases of sources is crucial. With its interdisciplinary approach, the volume provides comprehensive, accessible information and perspectives on NRMs. It is an invaluable guide for instructors navigating this scholarly minefield.

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Since its inception around 1970, the study of New Religious Movements (NRMs) has evolved into an established multidisciplinary field. At the same time, both the movements and the scholars who study them have been the subjects of intense controversy. In this volume, a group of senior NRMscholars who have been instrumental in the develop...

David G. Bromley is a Professor of Religious Studies in the School of World Studies with an affiliate appointment in the Sociology Program at Virginia Commonwealth University. He is the co-editor (with J. Gordon Melton) of Cults, Religion, and Violence (2002) and the editor of The Politics of Religious Apostasy: The Role of Apostates ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:376 pages, 6.1 × 9.21 × 1.3 inPublished:June 8, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Contributors: William Sims Bainbridge, Eileen Barker, Douglas E. Cowan, Lorne L. Dawson, Eugene V. Gallagher, John R. Hall, Massimo Introvigne, Janet Jacobs, J. Gordon Melton, Susan Palmer, Sarah M. Pike, James T. Richardson, Thomas Robbins, E. Burke Rochford Jr., John A. Saliba, Stuart Wright.