Sects, Cults, and Spiritual Communities: A Sociological Analysis (Religion in the Age of Transformation) (Hardcover)

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Description


American society is culturally diverse with a variety of religious denominations, sects, cults, and self-help groups vying for members. This volume analyzes nine of these groups, chosen both for their intrinsic interest and because they illustrate a variety of sociological concepts. The groups included in this study are: Heaven's Gate, Jesus People USA, the Love Family, The Farm, Amish Women, Scientology, El Ni o Fidencio, Santer a, and Freedom Park. The contributors are social scientists with first-hand knowledge of the groups they examine.

About the Author


WILLIAM W. ZELLNER is Professor of Sociology at East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma. He is the author of numerous articles, essays, and books, including Extraordinary Groups (sixth edition, 1997) and Countercultures: A Sociological Analysis (1995). MARC PETROWSKY is Associate Professor of Sociology at East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma. He is the coauthor of the forthcoming sixth edition of Introduction to Sociology, with Richard F. Larson and Marvin F. White.


Product Details
ISBN: 9780275958602
ISBN-10: 0275958604
Publisher: Praeger
Publication Date: June 18th, 1998
Pages: 192
Language: English
Series: Religion in the Age of Transformation