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Eileen Barker on studying cults

Barker, Eileen (2012) Eileen Barker on studying cults. Religious Studies Project.

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Abstract

Although “cult” and “sect” are used as technical terms in religious studies, in their popular usage, “cult” tends to refer to a New Religious Movement [NRM] or other group whose beliefs or practices are considered reprehensible. Since such pejorative attitudes are generally considered inappropriate for the academic study of religion, scholars have tended to adopt the nomenclature of NRMs to refer to “a wide range of groups and movements of alternative spirituality, the emergence of which is generally associated with the aftermath of the 1960s counter-culture” (Arweck 2002:269). In this interview with Chris, Emeritus Professor Eileen Barker (LSE) takes us through the academic study of NRMs from the 1960s onwards, engaging with the particular challenges and successes which have been encountered by academics in the field, and reflecting on some of the more colourful aspects of this area of research.

Item Type: Audio
Official URL: http://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/
Additional Information: © 2012 Religious Studies Project
Library of Congress subject classification: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Sets: Departments > Sociology
Research centres and groups > Centre for the Study of Human Rights
Research centres and groups > INFORM (Information Network Focus on Religious Movements)
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 07 Aug 2013 10:02
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/51479/

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