Societal reactions to new religious movements in Poland, Croatia and Slovakia

Goldberger, Goran and Hall, Dorota and Grešková, Lucia and Smoczyński, Rafał (2010) Societal reactions to new religious movements in Poland, Croatia and Slovakia. In: New religious movements and conflict in selected countries of Central Europe. IFIS Publishers (Polish Academy of Science, Institute of Philosophy and Sociology), Warsaw, pp. 29-94. ISBN 978-83-7683-025-4

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This chapter discusses and compares societal reactions to NRMs in Poland, Croatia and Slovakia. It starts with the theoretical framework that combines Stanley Cohen’s moral panics approach and Ernesto Laclau and Chantal Mouffe’s discursive theory to explain the situation regarding actors (anti-cult movements, media, Catholic clergy, politicians) involved in anti-cult claims making, and its impact on changes in the legislation and policy making that address activities of religious communities in general. The results show that the response was more fierce in Poland than in Croatia and Slovakia due to a specific societal contexts during transition period in these states.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: Language: English.
Uncontrolled Keywords: New religious movements, moral panic, anti-cult discourse, legislation
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Depositing User: Karolina Vranješ
Date Deposited: 02 Mar 2015 12:15
Last Modified: 03 Mar 2015 12:41

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