Leaving the Fold

David G. Bromley

in The Oxford Handbook of New Religious Movements

Published in print July 2008 | ISBN: 9780195369649
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

Leaving the Fold


This article discusses a variety of factors precipitating disaffiliation. It then analyzes the process in terms of a series of phases. It suggests that in the future (1) a more integrated model of affiliation/disaffiliation needs to be constructed; and (2) more attention needs to be given to different types of disaffiliation.

Keywords: religious affiliation; disaffiliation; new religions

Article.  6880 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Alternative Belief Systems

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