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Harm and new religious movements: some notes on a sociological perspective

Barker, Eileen (2003) Harm and new religious movements: some notes on a sociological perspective. Cultic Studies Review, 2 (1). ISSN 1539-0152

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Abstract

This article relates the methodology of sociology to the question of harm in new religious movements (NRMs). It describes the kinds of questions sociologists of religion are likely to ask, the methods they use to study NRMs, and the characteristics of NRMs that may predispose them toward situations in which harm might ensue. It is because sociologists are as concerned as any other citizens about the consequences of human actions that they are anxious to develop and use the most reliable means they can for investigating and trying to understand the processes that can lead to individuals, families, and/or society being subjected to harm.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.icsahome.com/culticstudiesreview/defaul...
Additional Information: © 2003 International Cultic Studies Association
Library of Congress subject classification: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Sets: Research centres and groups > Centre for the Study of Human Rights
Research centres and groups > INFORM (Information Network Focus on Religious Movements)
Departments > Sociology
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 06 Oct 2008 09:14
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/18256/

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