Women After the Utopia

  title={Women After the Utopia},
  author={Miriam Boeri},
  journal={Journal of Contemporary Ethnography},
  pages={323 - 360}
  • M. Boeri
  • Published 2002
  • Sociology
  • Journal of Contemporary Ethnography
Research on former members of cults, also known as new religious movements, often focuses on psychological issues. Little has been written about the everyday lives of former members, and rarely has gender been placed at the center of analyses. Based on participant observation at ex-cult reunions and in-depth interviews, this analytical ethnography examines the everyday lives of women who are former members of a religious cult. Their experiences and concerns are analyzed with a focus on four… Expand
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  • M. Sleutel
  • Medicine
  • Issues in mental health nursing
  • 1998
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