In the last half century new religious movements or cults of one sort and another have mushroomed throughout the US and Europe. Increasingly these groups have been met with attempts to monitor and control them on the part of the state, and concerns about the protection of religious 'consumers' have been set against the democratic right to religious freedom. In this collection, leading sociologists of religion from the UK, US, Western and Eastern Europe debate the political, practical and ethical issues which arise from these changes in the religious landscape.
Table of Contents
Part I - New Religious Movements Part II - Religious Deviance and Control Part III - Religious Freedom and Empowerment Part IV- Philosophy and Methods
James A. Beckford is Professor of Sociology at the University of Warwick.
James T. Richardson is Professor of Sociology and Judicial Studies at the University of Reno, Nevada.