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Narratives of Persecution, Suffering, and Martyrdom: Violence in Peoples Temple and Jonestown

Rebecca Moore

in Violence and New Religious Movements

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780199735631
eISBN:
9780199894512
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199735631.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Among other things, the Jonestown murder-suicide tragedy established a point of reference for all subsequent discussions of violence and NRMs. The chapter begins by presenting a brief history of ... More


The Controversies about Peoples Temple and Jonestown

Rebecca Moore

in Controversial New Religions

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199315314
eISBN:
9780190258245
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199315314.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, World Religions

Of the many issues and questions that emerge from the study of Peoples Temple, several appear again and again: What was the level of violence in the organization? Was Jonestown a concentration camp? ... More


Don’t Drink the Kool-Aid: The Jonestown Tragedy, the Press, and the New American Sensibility

Judy Kutulas

in After Aquarius Dawned: How the Revolutions of the Sixties Became the Popular Culture of the Seventies

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9781469632919
eISBN:
9781469632933
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469632919.003.0007
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

In November of 1978 more than 900 Americans died in Jonestown, all followers of Jim Jones’ Peoples Temple movement. Journalists themselves changed by the 1960s attempted to help Americans make sense ... More


Minority Religions and the Context of Violence: A Conflict/Interactionist Perspective

James T. Richardson

in Violence and New Religious Movements

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780199735631
eISBN:
9780199894512
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199735631.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter uses a conflict orientation to examine the violence associated with the recent rise of newer religious groups or "cults," as well as longer-term minority religions. The interactional ... More


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