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Title New religious movements and rapid social change / edited by James A. Beckford on behalf of Research Committee 22 of the International Sociological Association
Published London ; Beverly Hills, Calif. : Sage Publications ; Paris, France : Unesco, 1986


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Description xv, 247 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents Religious movements and counter-movements in North America / / Robert Wuthnow -- New religious movements in Western Europe / / James A. Beckford and Martine Levasseur -- The development of millennialistic thought in Japan's new religions : from Tenrikyō to Honmichi / / Susumu Shimazono -- Social change and movements of revitalization in contemporary Islam / / Saïd Amir Arjomand -- A contemporary study of two new religious movements in the Republic of Korea, the Unification Church and the Full Gospel Central Church / / Syn-duk Choi -- New religious movements in the Caribbean / / Laënnec Hurbon -- The social impact of Nigeria's new religious movements / / Friday M. Mbon -- The cult of Hūniyan, a new religious movement in Sri Lanka / / Gananath Obeyesekere -- New Hindu religious movements in India / / Arvind Sharma
Summary "The book 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. This analysis is illustrated by studies of the advanced societies of North America and Europe, of Japan during the first phase of industrialization, and of countries and regions in the developing world. New religious movements are revealed as a normal aspect of social life and as critical indicators of social change. This is reflected in each movement's social composition, teachings, values, religious practices and organizational structures as well as their engagement in politics, business and their structuring of social relationships."--Publisher's description
Analysis Religions
Religious movements
Notes Edited on behalf of Research Committee 22 of the International Sociological Association
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Cults.
Religion and sociology.
Social history -- 20th century.
Author Beckford, James A.
International Sociological Association. Research Committee 22.
LC no. 86060924
ISBN 0803980035 jacket
9231024027 UNESCO
9780803980037 jacket
9789231024023 UNESCO