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The scientific study of religion? You must be joking!

Barker, Eileen (1995) The scientific study of religion? You must be joking! Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, 34 (3). pp. 287-310. ISSN 0021-8294

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Those who aspire to engage in the scientific study of religion may, in the course of their research, affect the data that they are studying. The paper examines some ways the study of new religions can result in the researcher's "making a difference" for both methodological and ethical or political reasons. A comparison is drawn between the interests of the social scientist and those of the new religions, the anticult movement, the media, the law, and therapists. Finally, it discusses some potential effects on the meta-values of science that may arise out of involvement in the market of competing accounts of new religions.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 1995 Journal for the scientific study of religion
Divisions: Sociology
LSE Human Rights
Subjects: 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)
Date Deposited: 07 Aug 2013 10:10
Last Modified: 20 Feb 2019 07:11

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