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The emerging network : a sociology of the New Age and neo-pagan movements

Author: Michael York
Publisher: Lanham, Md. : Rowman & Littlefield, ©1995.
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Genre/Form: History
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York, Michael, 1939-
Emerging network.
Lanham, Md. : Rowman & Littlefield, ©1995
(OCoLC)606135546
Online version:
York, Michael, 1939-
Emerging network.
Lanham, Md. : Rowman & Littlefield, ©1995
(OCoLC)624393220
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Michael York
ISBN: 0847680002 9780847680009 0847680010 9780847680016
OCLC Number: 31604796
Description: xvii, 372 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. Introduction and Overview --
Available literature --
Pluralism of contemporary society and the New Age movement --
Church-sect typology as an investigative tool --
Sociology of religion and relevant sociological studies --
Sociological light on the New Age/Neo-pagan phenomenon --
Human Potential Movement --
Boundary maintenance and "conversion" --
occult metaphysical tradition --
New Age comments by sociologists --
Sociological comments on Neo-paganism --
Methodology --
Presentation --
2. New Age Movement --
New Age's social, occult and spiritual dimensions --
New Age healing --
New Age vision --
Statistics --
External perceptions and responses --
Church Universal and Triumphant --
New Age spokespersons --
Marilyn Ferguson --
Ram Dass --
Werner Erhard --
Edgar Cayee --
Alice Bailey --
Ruth Montgomery --
Shirley MacLaine --
Jose Arguelles --
New Age and Christianity --
Teilhard de Chardin --
Living earth and the world-wide communications network --
3. Neo-pagan Movement --
Neo-pagan representatives --
Margot Adler --
Starhawk --
Circle Network's Selena Fox --
Shan of London's House of the Goddess --
Vivianne Crowley --
Neo-pagan criticisms of New Age (Monica Sjoo) --
Nordic paganism --
Animism --
Neo-paganism and Christianity --
Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans (CUUPS) --
external 'negative image' of paganism and witchcraft --
"Occult Census" and Satanism --
4. New Age and Neo-paganism: Similarities, Contrasts and Relationships --
female metaphor --
Materialism-spiritualism --
Ritual --
Reincarnation --
Ephemerality --
Movement members' perception of mutual identity --
Mike Howard --
Marion Green --
Zachary Cox --
Beyond Britain --
gay community --
Feminism and metaphors of light and dark --
cost differential --
Neo-paganism as part of New Age --
Animism and shamanism --
New Age criticism of Neo-paganism --
cultural meaning-system shift --
New Age arena and the New Age/Neo-pagan imbalance --
5. Survey Profiles of Particular New Age and Neo-pagan Groups --
Adler's 1985 Questionnaire --
Rejection of Satanism --
Use of the words 'witch' and 'pagan' --
Sorcerer's Apprentice Occult Census of 1989 --
Working of magic --
Animals --
Diet and medicine --
Newspapers, Television, politics --
Perception of public and self-image --
Social advantage and occult interest --
BMS Spirituality Survey of 1989 --
Religion, gender, age, education and profession --
Occult experiences and beliefs --
Social Composition of Selected London-based New Age and Neo-pagan Groups --
Profession --
HOG --
income, origins, and family background --
Education --
SJA --
income and family background; marital status compared with that of other groups --
Group Comparisons on the Basis of Religion and Perceptions of God --
SJA --
Pagan and control groups --
Belief in God --
Comparison of Group Members' Self-perception --
Sexual orientation --
Attitudes Towards Crucial Contemporary Issues --
Nuclear energy --
Abortion --
AIDS issue --
Familiarity with and Attitudes toward New Age --
Familiarity with and Attitudes toward Neo-paganism --
Pagan responses --
SJA and control groups --
Comparison of group descriptions of Neo-paganism --
Perception and Knowledge of NRMs --
Effects of Participation --
HOG (and PM) responses --
SJA responses --
Addendum --
6. New Age and Neo-paganism as Practiced and Observed --
Methodology --
Pagan Moon of March 10, 1990 --
HOG's Pagan-At-Homes --
St. James' Alternatives --
Greater ritual use in Neo-paganism --
7. Church-Sect Typologies --
Troeltsch's church-sect-mysticism typology --
Niebuhr's sect-to-church --
Becker's ecclesia, denomination, sect, and cult classification --
Yinger's typological modifications --
Berger's sectarian typology --
cult concept --
Campbell's concept of the cultic milieu --
Nelson's cult typology --
Stark and Bainbridge's typology of cults --
Eister's cult typology of cultural crisis response --
Wilson's fourfold subtypology of sects --
Martin's concept of the denomination --
Wilson's sevenfold subtypology of sects --
"church-sect obituary" --
Johnson's justification model of church, sect, etc., identity --
Robertson's typology based on legitimacy and membership --
Swatos's five-fold church-sect-denomination model --
further look at Wilson's sectarian typology --
Wallis's departure using the social movement --
Wallis: The concepts of legitimacy & schism, and his fourfold typology --
Robbins and Anthony's monistic-dualistic typology --
Wallis' rejection-accommodation-affirmation typology of NRMs --
Bird's devotee, discipleship, and apprenticeship movements --
Other classifications or taxonomies of NRMs --
Generic and quasi-historical classifications of NRMs --
8. Conclusions: Evaluating Church-sect Theory, Its Modifications, and Replacements in Application to the New Age and Neo-pagan Movements --
Change-oriented movements --
Cult conceptual problems --
Geoffrey Nelson --
Church-sect theory and the New Age and Neo-pagan movements --
Bryan Wilson --
Rodney Stark and William Bainbridge --
Peter Berger --
Other contributions --
cultic underground --
Gerlach and Hine's concept of the SPIN --
Starhawk's circular structures of immanence --
SPIN concept and the church-sect typology --
SPIN of SPINs.
Responsibility: Michael York.

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