Religious sects and the concept of deviance: the Mormons and the Moonies.

@article{Hampshire1983ReligiousSA,
  title={Religious sects and the concept of deviance: the Mormons and the Moonies.},
  author={Anne Hampshire and James A. Beckford},
  journal={The British journal of sociology},
  year={1983},
  volume={34 2},
  pages={
          208-29
        }
}
Religious sects have been studied sociologically as social movements, minorities and deviant groups. The perspective of the sociology of deviance has principally been adopted in attempts to understand those instances when a sectarian group has aroused public hostility. This is interpreted as a reaction to the activities of the religious movement which have become publicly defined as deviant. The escalation of such a hostile public response towards religious, and other 'deviant', groups has… 
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