Journal Article

ASC Induction Techniques, Spiritual Experiences, and Commitment to New Religious Movements*

Julia Day Howell

in Sociology of Religion

Published on behalf of Association for the Sociology of Religion

Volume 58, issue 2, pages 141-164
Published in print January 1997 | ISSN: 1069-4404
Published online January 1997 | e-ISSN: 1759-8818 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2307/3711874
ASC Induction Techniques, Spiritual Experiences, and Commitment to New Religious Movements*

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Conceptualizations of commitment to religious organizations that credit non-ordinary experiences as sources of intrinsic satisfaction are as yet weakly developed. This poses a problem for the study of those NRMs that market themselves specifically as facilitators of non-ordinary experiences. Crucial exchanges between participants and the organizations remain obscure. This paper seeks to advance our understanding of the role of religious experiences in organizational processes by examining the ways in which NRMs support the pursuit of such experiences and hence generate commitment from them. Case material is drawn from an intensive study of the Brahma Kumaris in Australia.

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Subjects: Religion ; Sociology of Religion

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