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Title Challenging religion : essays in honour of Eileen Barker / edited by James A. Beckford and James T. Richardson.
Imprint London ; New York : Routledge, 2003.

Subject Religion and sociology.
Alt Name Barker, Eileen, 1938-
Beckford, James A.
Richardson, James T., 1941-
Description 1 online resource (xiii, 267 pages)
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 237-256) and index.
Contents Introduction / James A. Beckford, James T. Richardson -- PART I. NEW RELIGIOUS MOVEMENTS -- Absolutes and relatives: two problems for new religious movements / Bryan R. Wilson -- Cults, culture and manure: why the root of the second should be the first rather than the third / N.J. Demerath III -- Religion and the Internet: the global marketplace / Jean-Fran├žois Mayer -- Religious groups and globalisation: a comparative perspective / Margit Warburg -- Religion after atheism: moving away from the communal flat / Marat Shterin -- PART II. RELIGIOUS 'DEVIANCE' AND CONTROL -- Notes on the contemporary peril to religious freedom / Thomas Robbins -- Chapter in the life of Eileen Barker: the American Psychological Association, brainwashing controviersies and the Great Cult Apoligist Conspiracy / Massimo Introvigne -- Satanic abuse: lessons from a controversy / Jean La Fontaine -- Countercult monitoring movement in historical perspective / J. Gordon Melton -- Making of a moral panic: religion and state in Singapore / Michael Hill -- PART III. RELIGIOUS FREEDOM AND EMPOWERMENT -- What's happening in American church/state jurisprudence? / Phillip E. Hammond -- Religious toleration in Western and Central European countries / Karel Dobbelaere, Jaak Billiet -- Religious minorites in France: a Protestant perspective / Grace Davie -- Gendered spiritualities / Meredith B. McGuire -- Making of a survivor: rhetoric and reality in the study of religion and abuse / Nancy Nason-Clark -- PART IV. PHILOSOPHY AND METHODS -- Aspects of the constitution, construction and reconstruction of human reality / Thomas Luckmann -- Sociology of wisdom / Douglas Davies -- Cataclysms and the apocalyptic imagination / Richard K. Fenn.
Note Print version record.
Summary Leading scholars examine the growth of new religious movements or cults in the US and Europe over the last 50 years and state attempts to monitor and control them, debating the political, practical and ethical issues which arise.
ISBN 0203299434 (electronic bk.)
9780203299432 (electronic bk.)
9781134392049 (electronic bk.)
1134392044 (electronic bk.)
0415309484 (Cloth)
OCLC # 252738727
Additional Format Print version: Challenging religion. London ; New York : Routledge, 2003 (DLC) 2002155433

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