New Equinox publication — Overturning the Conventional Wisdom about Cult Members, James R. Lewis

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Equinox is pleased to announce the publication of

Sects & Stats
Overturning the Conventional Wisdom about Cult Members
James R. Lewis, University of Tromsø

hb 9781781791073 $99.95
pb 9781781791080 $29.95

The book has an important contribution to make to the study of NRMs.
Helen A. Berger, Brandeis University

A major, perhaps the major, focus of early research on New Religious Movements (NRMs) was on the people who joined. Most of the field’s pioneer researchers were sociologists. However, the profile of NRM members had changed substantially by the twenty-first century – changes largely missed because the great majority of current NRM specialists are not quantitatively oriented. Sects & Stats aims to overturn the conventional wisdom by drawing on current quantitative data from two sources: questionnaire research on select NRMs and relevant national census data collected by Anglophone countries. Sects & Stats also makes a strong argument for the use of longitudinal methods in studying alternative religions. Additionally, through case studies drawn from the author’s own research projects over the years, readers will be brought into a conversation about some of the issues involved in how to conduct such research.

Quote the code RELIGION2014 to receive a 25% discount on the retail price valid until the end of December 2014. Orders for dispatch to the US and Canada will be shipped from within the US. To view the table of contents and order a copy please visit

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