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The rhetoric of religious cults : terms of use and abuse

Author: Annabelle Mooney
Publisher: Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This study's departure point is the notion that "cults" have a distinctive language and way of recruiting members. First outlining a rhetorical framework, which encompasses contemporary discourse analysis, the persuasive texts of three movements--Scientology, Jehovah's Witnesses and Children of God--are analyzed in detail and their discourse compared with other kinds of recruitment literature. Cults' distinctive  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Annabelle Mooney
ISBN: 1403942854 9781403942852
OCLC Number: 57594751
Description: ix, 208 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction --
The 'cults' and the canons --
The Church of Scientology --
The Jehovah's Witnesses --
The Family --
Is 'cult' language distinctive? --
'Cults' : what they are --
Cults, cults everywhere? --
Conclusion : McKinsey as cult?
Responsibility: Annabelle Mooney.
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