The Politics of Religious Apostasy
The Role of Apostates in the Transformation of Religious Movements
An analysis of the role, motivation, and impact of apostates in the current controversy surrounding new religions.
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The current controversy surrounding new religions has brought to the forefront the role of apostates. These individuals leave highly controversial movements and assume roles in other organizations as public opponents against their former movements. This volume examines the motivations of the apostates, how they are recruited and play out their roles, the kinds of narratives they construct to discredit their previous groups, and the impact of apostasy on the outcome of conflicts between movements and society.
- Table of Contents
Sociological Perspectives on Apostasy: An Overview by David G. Bromley
A Comparative Approach to Organizational Exit
The Social Construction of Contested Exit Roles: Defectors, Whistleblowers, and Apostates by David G. Bromley
The Apostate Role and Career
In Defense of Self: Apostasy as Spoiled Identity by Armand L. Mauss
The Politics of Marginal Heresy by Eileen Barker
Exploring the Varieties of Apostate Roles by Stuart A. Wright
Apostates Who Never Were: The Social Construction of Absque Facto Apostate Narratives by Daniel Carson Johnson
The Organizational Context of Apostasy
Apostasy, Apocalypse, and Religious Violence: An Exploratory Comparison of Peoples Temple, the Branch Davidians, and the Solar Temple by John R. Hall and Philip Schuyler
Apostates, Defectors, Law and Social Control by James T. Richardson
Apostates and Their Role in the Construction of Grievance Claims Against the Northeast Kingdom/Messianic Communities by Susan J. Palmer
The Changing Apostate Role in the Evolution of the North American Anti-cult Movement by Anson Shupe
Methodological Issues in the Study of Apostasy
Carriers of Tales: On Assessing Credibility of Apostate and Other Outsider Accounts of Religious Practices by Lewis F. Carter
This is a remarkably unified collection of high-quality essays by many leading sociologists of new religious movements.
The book is a superb effort to examine in depth the complexity and significance of the apostate role, and to illuminate the processes through which subversive evil is socially constructed. Taken together, the authors contribute a diverse array of theory, data and substantive insights that add to our knowledge of the inner-workings of new religious movements....I recommend this book for classes in organizations, sociology of religion, psychology of religion, group dynamics and related subjects.
This is a well-coordinated collection of essays in sociology.