By Jeffrey Kaplan, Heléne Lööw (eds.)
In 1999, a doubtless incongruous choice of protestors converged in Seattle to close down the conferences of the realm alternate association. Union leaders, environmentalists dressed as endangered turtles, mainstream Christian clergy, violence-advocating anarchists, homosexual and lesbian activists, and plenty of different assorted teams got here jointly to protest what they observed because the unfair energy of a nondemocratic elite. yet how did such unusual bedfellows come jointly? and will their cohesion proceed? In 1972―another interval of social upheaval―sociologist Colin Campbell posited a "cultic milieu": An underground zone the place actual seekers try out hidden, forgotten, and forbidden wisdom. rules and allegiances in the milieu swap as members movement among loosely geared up teams, however the better milieu persists against the dominant tradition. Jeffrey Kaplan and Helene Loow locate Campbell's idea particularly precious in coming to grips with the various oppositional teams of this present day. whereas the problems fluctuate, present subcultures frequently behave in comparable how one can deviant teams of the previous. The Cultic Milieu brings jointly students racial, non secular and environmental oppositional teams in addition to taking a look at the watchdog teams that oppose those teams in flip. whereas supplying interesting info on their lonesome topics, every one essay contributes to a bigger figuring out of our present-day cultic milieu. For sessions within the social sciences or non secular reviews, The Cultic Milieu deals a unique technique to examine the interactions and concepts of these who struggle opposed to the robust in our worldwide age.
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2. ” 3. ” 4. That it functions as a “negative reference group” for spokesmen of cultural orthodoxy, facilitating adherence to dominant scientific paradigms by practicing scientists and associated practitioners. 5. That the cultic milieu flourishes in relation to (a) the amount of “alien” culture contact and (b) the disintegration of dominant indigenous culture. 6. That the cultic milieu acts as a source of renewal for ailing orthodox belief systems. 7. ” There is a general question underlying specific hypotheses such as these concerning the nature and the extent of a societal cultural underground.
These institutions, considered to be the servants of corporate interests, exercising more power than elected governments and interested only in the profit motive, have increasingly become principal demonstration targets. Underlying the antiglobalization theme is criticism of the capitalist philosophy, a stance promoted once again by left-of-centre activists and militant anarchists. 8. The global parameters have encouraged disparate groups and individuals to participate in the demonstrations. ” Circumstances also have promoted the involvement of fringe extremists who espouse violence, largely represented by Black Bloc anarchists and factions of militant animal-rights and environmental activists.
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The Cultic Milieu: Oppositional Subcultures in an Age of Globalization by Jeffrey Kaplan, Heléne Lööw (eds.)