Cults, racism, doublespeak and the search for justice
A one-day conference exploring two important issues - extremist political cults and how to combat them, including a discussion of possible legal remedies; and an update on the institutional barriers faced by the Jeremiah Duggan campaign.
FRIDAY 22nd MAY, 20015
9:30am – 4:00pm
GARDEN COURT CHAMBERS
57-60 LINCOLN’S INN FIELDS
LONDON WC2A 3LJ
Hosted by the Justice for Jeremiah Campaign
This is an excellent new film by Gregorio Smith. I highly recommend it.
TRUTH BE TOLD is a new feature-length documentary film about growing up in the Jehovah's Witnesses religion. The title refers to the Jehovah's Witnesses’ perception that their beliefs are 'the truth'. In this film, former Jehovah's Witnesses candidly discuss the spiritual, emotional and psychological harm inflicted by the religion. They reveal experiences including the effects of proselytizing door-to-door, shunning non-observant family and friends, suspension of critical thinking, suffering the discouragement of pursuing dreams like gaining a higher education, and missing other societal holidays and customs. The abuses explored in TRUTH BE TOLD are part of a wider examination into the culture of undue influence within the Jehovah’s Witnesses religion that continues to violate the basic human rights of members and their families worldwide.
I will be teaching a class again on the Social Psychology of Cults and Totalitarianism at the Mary Ward Centre in Bloomsbury.
My article on the Lambeth political cult case is on Opendemocracy.net
This September I will be teaching a new class at the Mary Ward Centre in Bloomsbury, London. The class is The Social Psychology of Cults and Totalitarianism. Click the link to get more information.
Free Minds UK is a new education and support group for people who are, or were, involved in cults or high demand groups. The impact of cult membership, or the loss of a family member to such a group, can be traumatic and isolating. However it can be hard to find information, support and a safe place to share these difficult experiences. If you have ever been affected or know anyone who has, this unique group has been set up in response to the urgent need for information and support.
Please email email@example.com for further information.
Are Cults a Hidden Epidemic?: ITN webcast. Alexandra Stein, Lois Kendall and Steve Hassan discuss cults.
My article published in Anthropology Now, Sept. 2012. vol 4. no. 2 Terror and Love Anthropology Now.pdf
This is a radio interview podcast I did with Kenneth Anderson. In it I describe the five characteristics of totalist systems and give some details on my research on brainwashing and political cults.
Contact Alexandra Stein
In this blog I explore the social psychology of totalitarianism, cults and other dangerous relationships. And I look at the alternative: democracy, diversity and resilience in the human community.