Cults: Faith, Healing and Coercion

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Oxford University Press, May 20, 1999 - Social Science - 304 pages
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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 as extensive 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 the cults. 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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Contents

1 The Charismatic Group
1
FORCES IN THE CHARISMATIC GROUP
13
A MODEL OF THE CHARISMATIC GROUP
77
CASE HISTORIES OF CHARISMATIC GROUPS
111
SPIRITUAL RECOVERY AND ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
185
The Charismatic Group A Summary
227
The Charismatic Group Examples
230
Chronology of the Studies
232
Notes
235
Bibliography
249
Index
265
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Page v - Philistines: and it shall come to pass, when thou art come thither to the city, that thou shalt meet a company of prophets com'ing down from the high place with a psaltery, and a tabret, and a pipe, and a harp, before them; and they shall prophesy: and the Spirit of the LORD will come upon thee, and thou shalt prophesy with them, and shalt be turned into another man.
Page xi - Health (NIH): the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and the National Institute of Mental Health. The names and addresses of staff people at each agency are available from the address above.

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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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