The Oxford Handbook of New Religious Movements, Volume 1

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James R Lewis
OUP USA, Jul 17, 2008 - Reference - 544 pages
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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 global perspective. CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title, 2005
 

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Contents

Overview
3
1 An Introduction to New Religions
16
MODERNIZATION AND NEW RELIGIONS
37
SOCIAL CONFLICT
141
SOCIAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL DIMENSIONS
315
NEOPAGANSUFOS AND OTHER HETERODOXIES
417
Index
534
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James R. Lewis is an Associate Lecturer of Religious Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point.

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