Sects, Cults, and Spiritual Communities: A Sociological Analysis (Google eBook)

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W. W. Zellner, Marc Petrowsky
Greenwood Publishing Group, Jan 1, 1998 - Religion - 182 pages
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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 knowledge of the groups they examine.

  

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Zellner is Professor of Sociology at East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma.

MARC PETROWSKY is Associate Professor of Sociology at East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma. He is the coauthor of the forthcoming sixth edition of "Introduction to Sociology", with Richard Larson.

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