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1. Title Title of document 1 Whatever Happened to Youthful Converts? - Sects & Stats
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country James Lewis; University of Tromsø; Norway
3. Subject Discipline(s) religious studies; sociology
4. Subject Keyword(s) new religions; popular religion; Youth Crisis Model; religious conversion; Adidam; Paganism; ISKCON; Church of Scientology;Movement for Spiritual Inner Awareness
5. Subject Subject classification Contemporary non-Christian & para-Christian cults & sects (HRQM)
6. Description Abstract Chapters One and Two challenge two different generalizations about conversion to NRMs using a type of quasi-longitudinal method (projecting backward from current data) in both chapters. The youth crisis model of conversion posited that new recruits were predominantly young people whose involvement could be explained as a function of their youth (e.g., as an adolescent developmental crisis). The first chapter presents statistics on recruits to seven different contemporary new religions that fundamentally challenge this item of conventional wisdom. Six out of seven data sets also embody a striking pattern of gradually increasing age across time for new converts.
7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 01-Nov-2014
10. Type Status & genre Peer-reviewed Article
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12. Format File format PDF
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14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.24734
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; Sects & Stats
16. Language English=en en
18. Coverage Geo-spatial location, chronological period, research sample (gender, age, etc.) global; the 'West',
contemporary; 2005; 2008;2011,
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