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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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Abstract

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.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformati...
Additional Information: © 2009 Taylor & Francis
Library of Congress subject classification: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
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: 14 Aug 2013 08:59
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/51487/

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