What is a cult? Why do they emerge? Who joins them? And why do tragedies such as Waco and Jonestown occur? This reader brings
together the voices of historians, sociologists, and psychologists of religion to address these key questions about new religious
movements. * Looks at theoretical explanations for cults, why people join and what happens when they do. * Brings together
the best work on cults by sociologists, historians, and psychologists of religion. * A broad--ranging, balanced and clearly
organized collection of readings. * Includes coverage of topical issues, such as the a brainwashinga controversy, and cults
in cyberspace. * Section introductions by the editor situate the nature, value, and relevance of the selected readings in
context of current discussions.