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dc.contributor.authorThompson, Jonathan
dc.date.accessioned2017-04-10T18:30:49Z
dc.date.available2017-04-10T18:30:49Z
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10222/72837
dc.description.abstractThis study is an ethnographic account of belief creation and maintenance within a spiritualist new religious movement (specifically, the Spiritual Science Fellowship or SSF). The emphasis is placed on personal experiences over a one-year research period, historical research of spiritualist new religious movements, and review of contemporary conversion theories within sociology. The purpose of this study is to examine social factors in the movement, which may account for the creation and maintenance of specific beliefs held by its members. I utilize personal experiences obtained through participant observation to elucidate these factors. I also compare and contrast other contemporary conversion theories including deprivation and brainwashing against my experiences with this particular spiritualist group.en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.subjectNew Religious Movementen_US
dc.subjectBeliefen_US
dc.subjectSpiritualismen_US
dc.subjectReligionen_US
dc.subjectSociology of Religionen_US
dc.titleSEARCHING FOR SPIRITS: ASSESSING THE CREATION AND MAINTENANCE OF BELIEFS WITHIN A SPIRITUALIST NEW RELIGIOUS MOVEMENTen_US
dc.date.defence2017-04-07
dc.contributor.departmentDepartment of Sociology & Social Anthropologyen_US
dc.contributor.degreeMaster of Artsen_US
dc.contributor.external-examinern/aen_US
dc.contributor.graduate-coordinatorDr. Fiona Martinen_US
dc.contributor.thesis-readerDr. Howard Ramosen_US
dc.contributor.thesis-readerDr. Karen Fosteren_US
dc.contributor.thesis-supervisorDr. Christopher Hellanden_US
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dc.contributor.copyright-releaseNot Applicableen_US
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