Cults: Faith, Healing, and Coercion

Marc Galanter, Author Oxford University Press, USA $30 (240p) ISBN 978-0-19-505631-0
This report, the result of ``15 years of studying the psychology of contemporary charismatic groups,'' offers possibilities in the treatment of mental illness and the understanding of group violence. Galanter, professor of psychiatry at New York University, demonstrates that many of the counterculture movements of the '60s, then considered exotic, are now elements of mainstream American life. Taking a scientific stance, he investigates the psychology of various zealous groups, seeking the source of their influence. Galanter's range is wide, including disparaged groups like MOVE and the one led by Jim Jones, as well as healing programs based on the AA model. First-person accounts of conversions and disillusionment, and a detailed look at the apparently successful ``Moonie'' movement, support this objective, comprehensive analysis of cult power. (Apr.)
Reviewed on: 04/30/1989
Release date: 05/01/1989
Hardcover - 304 pages - 978-0-19-512369-2
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