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The Rhetoric of Religious Cults: Terms of Use and Abuse
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The Rhetoric of Religious Cults: Terms of Use and Abuse (Hardback)

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The Rhetoric of Religious Cults takes as its departure point the notion that 'cults' have a distinctive language and way of recruiting members. First outlining a rhetorical framework, which encompasses contemporary discourse analysis, the persuasive texts of three movements - Scientology, Jehovah's Witnesses and Children of God - are analysed in detail and their discourse compared with other kinds of recruitment literature. Cults' distinctive negative profile in society is not matched by a linguistic typology. Indeed, this negative profile seems to rest on the semantics and application of the term 'cult' itself.

Languages with Grant & CutlerLearning & Reference By SubjectSociolinguisticsLanguages with Grant & CutlerLinguisticsSemanticsPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesReligion & BeliefsAlternative belief systemsContemporary non-Christian & para-Christian cults & sects Publisher: Palgrave USA Publication Date: 02/08/2005 ISBN-13: 9781403942852  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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ANNABELLE MOONEY is a Research Associate at the Centre for Language and Communication Research at Cardiff University, UK.

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