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Harm and new religious movements: some notes on a sociological perspective

By Eileen Barker


This article relates the methodology of sociology to the question of harm in new religious movements (NRMs). It describes the kinds of questions sociologists of religion are likely to ask, the methods they use to study NRMs, and the characteristics of NRMs that may predispose them toward situations in which harm might ensue. It is because sociologists are as concerned as any other citizens about the consequences of human actions that they are anxious to develop and use the most reliable means they can for investigating and trying to understand the processes that can lead to individuals, families, and/or society being subjected to harm

Topics: BL Religion, HM Sociology
Publisher: International Cultic Studies Association
Year: 2003
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Provided by: LSE Research Online
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