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New and nonconventional religious movements: implications for social harmony

Barker, Eileen (2009) New and nonconventional religious movements: implications for social harmony. Review of Faith and International Affairs, 7 (3). pp. 3-10. ISSN 1557-0274

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Identification Number: 10.1080/15570274.2009.9523400


In contemporary society there is far greater cultural and religious diversity than in the past. New religious movements are often misunderstood, portrayed inaccurately, and challenged by members of the wider society. Characteristics of new religious movements include a constituency of converts, atypical representations, charismatic leaders, top-down authority coupled with informal communication structures, an unambiguous worldview, and frequent change. New religions present significant challenges to society, but governments and societies should accord them the same rights and freedoms as those accorded to any other citizen, as outlined in Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

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Additional Information: © 2009 Taylor & Francis
Divisions: Sociology
LSE Human Rights
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
Date Deposited: 14 Aug 2013 08:59
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2021 01:43

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