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Apologetics Index Update : The Globalization of Scientology

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  • Anton Hein - www.countercult.com
    Greetings! You receive this Apologetics Index update because you signed up for it at: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ai-updates Stephen Kent s paper, The
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      Greetings!

      You receive this Apologetics Index update because you signed up for it at:

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      Stephen Kent's paper, " The Globalization of Scientology: Influence, Control,
      and Opposition in Transnational Markets," is now available (posted by
      permission) at:
      http://www.gospelcom.net/apologeticsindex/s04a13.html

      Abstract:
      :===Begin Quote===
      Locating itself within a sociological perspective that analyses religiously
      ideological organizations as transnational corporations, this study examines the
      global activities of Scientology. It summarizes the organization's resolution of
      its international conflict with Interpol, its take-over of its internationally
      influential opponent, the Cult Awareness Network (CAN), and its heightened
      rhetoric against psychiatry. It also highlights its international marketing
      strategies that attempt to further the teachings of its founder, L. Ron Hubbard,
      and gain political and social influence. Despite Scientology's efforts to adjust
      its approach to fit the cultural realities of the countries that it enters, its
      apparent successes in some formerly Iron Curtain nations is counterbalanced by
      its growing opposition in Western Europe.
      :===End Quote===

      About the Author:
      :===Begin Quote===
      Stephen A. Kent is a Professor in the Department of Sociology, University of
      Alberta. He has published articles in Philosophy East and West, Journal of
      Religious History, British Journal of Sociology, Sociological Inquiry,
      Sociological Analysis, Canadian Journal of Sociology, Quaker History,
      Comparative Social Research, The Journal of Church and State, The Journal of
      Religion and Health, The Journal of Contemporary Religion, and Religion. His
      current research concentrates on non-traditional and alternative religions.
      :===End Quote===

      Anton (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
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