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The not-so-new religious movements: changes in ‘the cult scene’ over the past forty years

Barker, Eileen (2014) The not-so-new religious movements: changes in ‘the cult scene’ over the past forty years. Temenos, 50 (2). pp. 235-256. ISSN 0497-1817

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New religious movements (NRMs) tend to exhibit certain characteristics that change with the arrival of second and subsequent generations. The paper explores some of the internally motivated revisions that may be due to demographic changes or disappointed expectations, and some of the changes brought about through the economic, political, technological, legal and cultural influences from the wider society. Although there are always exceptions, unqualified boundaries tend to become more porous and negotiable as the movements accommodate to the outside world and ‘denominationalise’. The paper ends with a brief description of some of the more general changes in ‘the cult scene’ over the past 40 years

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Additional Information: © 2014 The Finnish Society for the Study of Religion
Divisions: Sociology
LSE Human Rights
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BX Christian Denominations
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: 13 Feb 2015 15:24
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 00:30

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