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Sects & stats : overturning the conventional wisdom about cult members

Author: James R Lewis
Publisher: Sheffield, UK ; Bristol, CT : Equinox, 2014.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Sects & Stats aims to overturn the conventional wisdom by drawing on current quantitative data from two sources: questionnaire research on select NRMs and relevant national census data collected by  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Statistics
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: James R Lewis
ISBN: 9781781791073 1781791074 9781781791080 1781791082
OCLC Number: 872342267
Description: ix, 209 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: Are Meaningful Generalizations about New Religious Movement Members Still Possible? --
Part I. Quasi-longitudinal Approaches: 1. Whatever Happened to Youthful Converts?; 2. Social Networks and Conversion --
Part II. Three Styles of Longitudinal Research: 3. Increasing Complexity versus Prior Generalizations: Census Data and Longitudinal Approaches; 4. Toward a Paradigm for Longitudinal Studies: The Order of Christ Sophia; 5. The Movement of Spiritual Inner Awareness: Demographic Patterns, 1998-2011 --
Part III. Mixed Method Approaches: 6. Demise of the Teen Witch Fad; 7. Who Serves Satan?; 8. New Religious Movements and Gender: The Case of Scientology --
Part IV. Ex-Members: 9. Post-Involvement Attitudes; 10. Member versus Ex-member Profiles --
Afterword: Directions for Future Research --
Appendix: Anglophone Census and National Survey Data on New Religious Movement.
Other Titles: Sects and stats
Responsibility: James R. Lewis.

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The book has an important contribution to make to the study of NRMs. Helen A. Berger, Brandeis University

 
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