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Cults: Faith, Healing, and Coercion

3.77  ·  Rating Details  ·  69 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
From the mass weddings of Sun Myung Moon's Unification Church to the mass suicides at Jonestown, charismatic cults and their devotees have become facts of American life. Once exotic offshoots of the Sixties counterculture exciting suspicion, scorn, terror, and counter-terror, cults have grown so common and entered so many areas of public life that only spectacular disaster ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published October 11th 1990 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published 1989)
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Joshua Gross
Sep 04, 2012 Joshua Gross rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an interesting and informative book. It wasn't quite the comprehensive discussion of the different cults over the years I had been hoping for, though. Most of the first part of the book deals with how cults work and the definition of the charismatic group, with examples from various cults, including quite a bit of information about the Unification Church. This is why it was surprising when this was followed up by a huge section of book devoted to the Unification Church he had already wr ...more
Aj Sterkel
Dec 13, 2014 Aj Sterkel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is a very well-researched book that explores the biological, psychological, and social reasons that people join cults. In addition to examining groups that are commonly thought of as cults (such as the Moonies), the author also looks at groups that have cult-like behaviors, such as Alcoholics Anonymous.

If you are just beginning to research cults, then this book is a good introduction to the subject. It's very thorough. The author has a lot of experience with these groups and obviously knows
Cooper Cooper
Aug 02, 2009 Cooper Cooper rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For many years well-known psychiatrist Marc Galanter studied charismatic cults to discover the common ingredients that made them succeed or fail. He had first-hand experience with the Divine Light Mission (boy-guru Maharaj Ji) and with the Unification Church (Reverend Moon from Korea), attending sessions and meeting recruits and members (and later, defectors), who not only submitted to interviews but filled out lengthy questionnaires. The recruits and members of these groups were mostly young ( ...more
Sep 10, 2009 Ryan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very educational, objective and scientific look at cult phenomena. Galanter takes a broad psychological approach to topics such as the effect of conversion on the mental well-being of cult joiners, the strain this causes between the cult member and his or her family, the conflict between the cult and society at large (sometimes violent and sudden). When possible, his statements are backed up by survey data or excerpts from interviews. This really is more a textbook than a pop take on the subje ...more
Royce Ratterman
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Christopher Tracy
Dec 05, 2015 Christopher Tracy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very informative and entertaining.
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