Women in New Religious Movements

Susan J. Palmer

in The Oxford Handbook of New Religious Movements

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

Series: Oxford Handbooks

 Women in New Religious Movements

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Observers have often noted that new religious movements (NRMs) sometimes experiment with gender roles. The position of women in certain new religions has also been a focus of concern for critics. This article develops a typology of NRM sexual identity and points out that the actual arrangements within different new religions are often quite complex. To illustrate this complexity, it examines women's roles in the Osho Rajneesh group and in the Raelian movement.

Keywords: new religions; gender roles; sexual identity; Osho Rajneesh group; Raelian movement

Article.  3315 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Alternative Belief Systems ; Religious Studies

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