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Children in new religions: contested duties of care

Van Eck Duymaer van Twist, Amanda (2010) Children in new religions: contested duties of care. International Journal for the Study of New Religions, 1 (2). pp. 183-206. ISSN 2041-9511

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New religious movements (NRMs) often have a marginal position in society, for a variety of reasons. This is generally accepted within diverse democracies as long as the groups consist of law-abiding consenting adults. But once children are involved the social dynamics are likely to change as a result of contested duties of care. Parents have a right to raise their children within their religion, while state authorities have a responsibility towards minors within their jurisdiction. This article highlights some of the main concerns about children in NRMs, focusing on teachings and practices relating to health and education within movements that chose relative seclusion.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2010 ISSNR
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Date Deposited: 15 Oct 2013 14:37
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 01:10

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