Journal Article

Anti-Modernism, Modernism, and Postmodernism: Struggling with the Cultural Significance of New Religious Movements

Lome L. Dawson

in Sociology of Religion

Published on behalf of Association for the Sociology of Religion

Volume 59, issue 2, pages 131-156
Published in print January 1998 | ISSN: 1069-4404
Published online January 1998 | e-ISSN: 1759-8818 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2307/3712077
Anti-Modernism, Modernism, and Postmodernism: Struggling with the Cultural Significance of New Religious Movements

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Is the emergence of new forms of religious life in North America indicative of significant changes in the nature and role of religion in our society or changes in the character of our culture as a whole? Calling on a divergent array of theoretical frameworks sociologists have recurrently sought to explain the broader implications of the study of NRMs by aligning them, in whole or in part, with various perceived anti-modernist, modernist, and post-modernist tendencies in our society. In a critical overview of some of this disparate literature, this paper argues that certain unnoticed convergences in the positions taken, point to a reading of the cultural significance ofNRMs that transcends the inaccurate tendency to identify NRMs too exclusively with one side of various essentially invidious dichotomies (e.g., pre-modem and modem, anti-modem and modem, conservative and liberal, modem and post-modem).

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Subjects: Religion ; Sociology of Religion

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