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Apocalypse Observed: Religious Movements and Violence in North America, Europe and Japan Hardcover – February 23, 2000

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ISBN-13: 978-0415192767 ISBN-10: 0415192765 Edition: 1st

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'Required reading for anyone perplexed by the persistence of millenarian thought' - Michael F. Brown, Williams College

'This book takes an original and challenging view of a number of extremely controversial new religious movements.' - Journal of Contemporary Religion

About the Author

John R. Hall is Professor of sociology at the University of California, Davis. He has contributed to Millennium, Messiahs and Mayhem(Routledge 1998) and Sociology of Religious Movements (Routledge, 1998) and is the author of Culture: Sociological Perspectives (1997).

Philip Schuyleris lecturer in the department of music at the University of Maryland. Sylvaine Trinh is at Paris-Dauphine University in Paris.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (February 23, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415192765
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415192767
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.5 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,739,489 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By PJ Nelson on September 18, 2010
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If you are fascinated by the extreme measures that have characterized the "cults" that the media has highlighted for us, this book is a great corrective. It provides details about the events surrounding the violence you saw/heard on screen--for Jonestown, Waco, Aum Shinrikyo, Solar Temple and Heaven's Gate.

What could we have missed? For example, and this is a major premise of the book, the fact that the anti-cult coalitions, government agencies, and media played a huge role in the intensification of events leading to the climaxes of violence. In other words, all factors involved in "cult" violence are not only internal factors (eg. psychotic leaders brainwashing victims into compliance). Conflict is exacerbated, accelerated and even initiated often from the outside.

Whether this book "overcorrects" is debatable. But it certainly adds to understanding the complexities involved in new religious movements that go up in smoke.
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