Cults and Sects

  • Created by: Sarah
  • Created on: 27-01-15 15:38


  • Not open to all members of the public
  • Do not accept the state, the political or the economic systems
  • Require a total commitment
  • Claim to hold the 'monopoly of truth'
  • No professional clergy - Charismatic leader
  • Unconvential and Deviant
  • They distance themselves from the wider society
  • Worship lacks formal rituals


  • Social marginality: they target the disprivileged to bring self-respect and hope in future
  • Relative deprivation: They provide a sense of community, and so improve peoples material situation
  • Social dislocation: They provide a clear direction for those who afre confused in society (anomie)


  • Natural or man made…


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