The Church of Scientology: Legitimacy through Perception Management

  title={The Church of Scientology: Legitimacy through Perception Management},
  author={Max Halupka},
  journal={Politics and Religion},
  pages={613 - 630}
  • Max Halupka
  • Published 14 February 2014
  • Political Science
  • Politics and Religion
Abstract In 1967 the Church of Scientology's tax-exempt status was revoked on the basis that it failed to meet the criteria outlined in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service. Between its loss, and eventual reacquisition in 1993, the Church of Scientology employed a number of political based tactics in an attempt to legitimize itself to the public sector. This article explores these tactics in relation to the religion's use of perception management. The article argues that the… 


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