The Politics of Religious Apostasy: The Role of Apostates in the Transformation of Religious Movements (Google eBook)

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Greenwood Publishing Group, Jan 1, 1998 - Religion - 244 pages
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The current controversy surrounding new religions has brought to the forefront the role of apostates. These individuals leave highly controversial movements and assume roles in other organizations as public opponents against their former movements. This volume examines the motivations of the apostates, how they are recruited and play out their roles, the kinds of narratives they construct to discredit their previous groups, and the impact of apostasy on the outcome of conflicts between movements and society.

  

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Contents

Sociological Perspectives on Apostasy An Overview
3
A Comparative Approach to Organizational Exit
17
The Social Construction of Contested Exit Roles Defectors Whistleblowers and Apostates
19
The Apostate Role and Career
49
Apostasy and the Management of Spoiled Identity
51
Standing at the CrossRoads The Politics of Marginality in Subversive Organizations
75
Exploring Factors That Shape the Apostate Role
95
Apostates Who Never Were The Social Construction of Absque Facto Apostate Narratives
115
Apostasy Apocalypse and Religious Violence An Exploratory Comparison of Peoples Temple the Branch Davidians and the Solar Temple
141
Apostates Whistleblowers Law and Social Control
171
Apostates and Their Role in the Construction of Grievance Claims Against the Northeast KingdomMessianic Communities
191
The Role of Apostates in the North American Anticult Movement
209
Methodological Issues in the Study of Apostasy
219
Carriers of Tales On Assessing Credibility of Apostate and Other Outsider Accounts of Religious Practices
221
Index
239
About the Contributors
241

The Organizational Context of Apostasy
139

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About the author (1998)

David G. Bromley is Professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology and Senior Project Director in the Survey Research Laboratory at Virginia Commonwealth University.

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