The Oxford Handbook of New Religious Movements

Paperback | August 5, 2008

byJames R. Lewis

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The study of New Religious Movements (NRMs) is one of the fastest-growing areas of religious studies. This Handbook covers the current state of the field and breaks new ground. Its contributors are drawn equally from sociology and religious studies and include both established scholars and"rising stars" in the field. The core chapters deal with such central issues as conversion, the brainwashing debate, millennialism, and modernization. Another section deals with NRM subfields such as neopaganism, Satanism, and UFO religions. The final section considers NRMs in globalperspective.

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The study of New Religious Movements (NRMs) is one of the fastest-growing areas of religious studies. This Handbook covers the current state of the field and breaks new ground. Its contributors are drawn equally from sociology and religious studies and include both established scholars and"rising stars" in the field. The core chapters ...

James R. Lewis is an Associate Lecturer of Religious Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:576 pages, 6.69 × 9.61 × 1.5 inPublished:August 5, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195369645

ISBN - 13:9780195369649

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ContributorsJames R. Lewis: Overview1. J. Gordon Melton: An Introduction to New ReligionsPart I: Modernization and New Religions2. Christopher Partridge: Alternative Spiritualities, New Religions, and the Reenchantment of the West3. Lorne L. Dawson: The Sociocultural Significance of Modern New Religious Movements4. Mike Rothstein: Science and Religion in the New Religions5. Douglas E. Cowan and Jeffrey K. Hadden: Virtually Religious: New Religious Movements and the World Wide WebPart II: Social Conflict6. David G. Bromley: Violence and New Religious Movements7. James T. Richardson: Legal Dimensions of New Religions8. Anson Shupe, David G. Bromley, and Susan E. Darnell: The North American Anti-Cult Movement: Vicissitudes of Success and Failure9. Massimo Introvigne: Something Peculiar about France: Anti-Cult Campaigns in Western Europe and French Religious Exceptionalism10. Philip Jenkins: Satanism and Ritual Abuse11. Dick Anthony and Thomas Robbins: Conversion and "Brainwashing" in New Religious Movements12. David G. Bromley: Leaving the Fold: Disaffiliating from New Religious MovementsPart III: Social and Psychological Dimensions13. John A. Saliba: Psychology and the New Religious Movements14. Millennialism15. Diana G. Tumminia and R. George Kirkpatrick: The Mythic Dimensions of New Religious Movements: Function, Reality Construction, and Process16. Susan J. Palmer: Women in New Religious Movements17. Charlotte E. Hardman: Children in New Religious MovementsPart IV: Neo=Pagans, UFO's and Other Heterodoxies18. Andreas Grunschlob: Waiting for the "Big Beam": UFO Religions and "Ufological" Themes in New Religious Movements19. Olav Hammer: Esoctericism in New Religious Movements20. Steven J. Sutcliffe: The Dynamics of Alternative Spirituality: Seekers, Networks, and "New Age"21. Michael Pye: New Religions in East Asia22. Stan Lee Reid and Shelley TSivia Rabinovitch: Witches, Wiccans, and Neo-Pagans: A Review of Current Academic Treatments of Neo-PaganismIndex