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Title: The Rhetoric of Religious Cults
Subtitle: Terms of Use and Abuse
Written By: Annabelle Mooney
Description:

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.

Publication Year: 2005
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
Sociolinguistics
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 1403942854
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 224
Prices: U.K. £ 45.00