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1. '.. although not objectively or physically deprived, may feel that they are spiritually or emotionally deprived, despite their material wealth their surroundings may feel lonely and impersonal'.

  • Relative deprivation theory
  • Dissatisfaction with beliefs of mainstream religions.
  • Influence of powerful charismatic leaders
  • Marginality hypothesis
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2. Sociologist who divided religious groups into 4 categories

  • Stark and Bainbridge
  • Wilson
  • Weber
  • Wallis

3. Cults are-

  • Accept outside world completely
  • based on a completely new interpretation of existing beliefs
  • Breakaway group from existing religion or denomination

4. Example of an audience cult

  • Astrology
  • Scientology
  • Jehovah's witness

5. Stark and Bainbridge - offer products and services e.g. Scientology

  • world accommodating
  • Audience cult
  • Client cult
  • Cult movement


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