International Journal for the Study of New Religions, Vol 1, No 2 (2010)

Children in New Religions; Contested Duties of Care.

Amanda van Eck Duymaer van Twist
Issued Date: 12 Jan 2011


New religious movements (NRMs) often have a marginal position in society, for a variety of reasons. This is generally accepted within diverse democracies as long as the groups consist of law-abiding consenting adults. But once children are involved the social dynamics are likely to change as a result of contested duties of care. Parents have a right to raise their children within their religion, while state authorities have a responsibility towards minors within their jurisdiction. This article highlights some of the main concerns about children in NRMs, focusing on teachings and practices relating to health and education within movements that chose relative seclusion.

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DOI: 10.1558/ijsnr.v1i2.183

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