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New Religious Movements and Rapid Social Change
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New Religious Movements and Rapid Social Change

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June 1991 | 264 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
The twentieth century has seen a considerable and unexpected proliferation of new religious movements in many parts of the world, often associated with periods of rapid social change. This volume - now available in paper - explains the development and characteristics of these movements comparatively and analyzes their outstanding features. The contributors shows how rapid social change gives rise to novel religious interpretations and how new religious movements, in turn, try to influence the process of change.
James A Beckford
Introduction
Robert Wuthnow
Religious Movements and Counter-Movements in North America
James A Beckford and Martine Levasseur
New Religious Movements in Western Europe
Susumu Shimazono
The Development of Millennialistic Thought in Japan's New Religions
Sa["]id Arjomand
Social Change and Movements of Revitalization in Contemporary Islam
Choi Syn Duk
A Comparative Study of Two New Religious Movements in the Republic of Korea
La["]ennec Hurbon
New Religious Movements in the Caribbean
Friday Mbon
The Social Impact of Nigeria's New Religious Movements
Gananath Obeyesekere
The Cult of Hunyan
A New Religious Movement in Sri Lanka

 
Arvind Sharma
New Hindu Religious Movements in India

`this collection of essays is global sociology of religion at its best... excellent' - Missiology

`places the understanding of movements in this country in a much wider context. The bibliographies are current and wide ranging' - Choice

`The book's strength lies in specifics... a book worth reading' - Religious Studies Review

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