The Not-So-New Religious Movements: Changes in ‘the Cult Scene’ over the Past Forty Years

  • Eileen Barker London School of Economics
Keywords: Cults, NRMs, New Religious Movements, Sects, Change, Denominationalisation

Abstract

New religious movements (NRMs) tend to exhibit certain characteristics that change with the arrival of second and subsequent generations. The paper explores some of the internally motivated revisions that may be due to demographic changes or disappointed expectations, and some of the changes brought about through the economic, political, technological, legal and cultural influences from the wider society. Although there are always exceptions, unqualified boundaries tend to become more porous and negotiable as the movements accommodate to the outside world and ‘denominationalise’. The paper ends with a brief description of some of the more general changes in ‘the cult scene’ over the past 40 years.

Author Biography

Eileen Barker, London School of Economics

Professor Emerita of Sociology with Special Reference to the Study of Religion

Published
2015-01-07
How to Cite
Barker, E. (2015). The Not-So-New Religious Movements: Changes in ‘the Cult Scene’ over the Past Forty Years. Temenos - Nordic Journal of Comparative Religion, 50(2), 235-256. Retrieved from https://journal.fi/temenos/article/view/48461
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