Deprogramming: from private self-help to governmental organized repression

  title={Deprogramming: from private self-help to governmental organized repression},
  author={James T Richardson},
  journal={Crime, Law and Social Change},
  • J. Richardson
  • Published 12 February 2011
  • Political Science
  • Crime, Law and Social Change
This paper examines deprogramming, a multi-faceted form of derecruitment from unpopular religious groups (“cults”) developed in the United States and then spreading to other nations, as a form of social control of new religious movements. The early history of deprogramming in the United States is discussed, and then its more recent application in Japan against members of the Unification Church is detailed. A continuum is presented that has self-help remedies at one end, and governmental… 
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