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Comprehending Cults: The Sociology of New Religious Movements 2nd Edition
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At McMaster University I was excited to take their Cults in North America course. After having to purchase and read Dawson's Comprehending Cults my excitement changed to agony. This is probably one of the most poorly written university texts I've had to buy.
Here is why
-miscellany of random quotes are splattered among the writing, use of quotes also seem irrelevant to the topics discussed.
-its needlessly wordy you'll read paragraph after paragraph and it just looks like an incoherent mess
-Dawson is bold enough to create his own social scientific model that would only exist in a vacuum...when it comes to examining NRMs in the real world, his model utterly falls apart
-his treatment of NRMs is very condescending: you'd have to read it (which i don't recommend doing)
I actually emailed Lorne Dawson (University of Waterloo), politely asking him about some of the things in his text. Its hard to really explain further here but he gave me a very dismissive reply.
The problem is that NRMs and cults are difficult to study scientifically, Dawson work exemplifies this fact. Mr. Dawson, that is not a compliment.
I want my money back.
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My prediction is that cultic behavior is going to increase in the future.
Therefore, read this book if you want to understand the phenomenon, and the people who join cults. Read more
The scholarship here is certainly broad, but that is almost entirely overshadowed by the author's anti-religion biases.Published on March 27, 2008 by Adrienne Jones
A very thorough and clear coverage of the controversies raised by cults. I gained new insights into the topic and would readily recommend this book.Published on April 4, 2000 by Valerie