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2 The Cult, the Cultic Milieu and Secularization
3 Diggers, Wolfs, Ents, Elves and Expanding Universes: Global Bricolage and the Question of Violence within the Subcultures of Radical Environmentalism
4 The Historical Communal Roots of Ultraconservative Groups: Earlier American Communes That Have Shaped Today's Far Right
5 Neo-Shamanism, Psychic Phenomena, and Media Trickery: Cultic Differences in Hungary
6 The Gothic Milieu
7 Black and White Unite in Fight? On the Interaction Between Black and White Radical Racialists
8 The Idea of Purity: The Swedish Racist Counterculture, Animal Rights, and Environmental Protection
9 The Postwar Paths of Occult National Socialism: From Rockwell and Mandole to Manson
10 Thriving in a Cultic Milieu: The World Union of National Socialists, 1962-1992
11 The Modern Anti-Cult Movement in Historical Perspective
12 "Who Watches the Watchman?" Another Side to the Watchdog Groups
What do deep ecologists, neo-nazis, goths, black nationalists, and urban shamans have in common? They are all part of a 'cultic milieu,' an underground culture that embraces everyone, right or left, good or bad, who thrives on standing in opposition to the social mainstream. The articles in this book explore how and why, as they analyze movements that have rarely been brought together before. It's a fantastic collection, bound to blow the world of cultic studies wide open.
— Robert Ellwood, (University of Southern California)
This is an important and timely book that focus attention on an increasingly significant phenomenon, that of cultural opposition and dissent. It is gratifying to find cultic milieu theory being revived in this context and being put to such good use to shed light on the confusing and diverse world of radical environmentalism, communitarianism, racism, mysticism and magic. Kaplan and Loow are to be congratulated on producing a collection that constitutes the first serious attempt to chart this complex phenomenon and in so doing giving us invaluable insights into the contemporary world of cultural deviance and resistance.
— Colin Campbell, (York University)
This book is a provocative and useful contribution to understanding pluralism.
— W. L. Pitts Jr., Baylor University; Choice Reviews, June 2003
An original and valuable contribution to the sociology of 'stigmatized knowledge' . . . parts of the book will be invaluable reading for advanced undergraduate and graduate students on courses in social movements, sociology of religion, and popular culture.
— James A. Beckford, University of Warwick; American Journal of Sociology
[An] elegantly readable book. . . . I can say unequivocally . . . that it has much to offer scholars in a variety of disciplines.
— Susan Schept; Sociology of Religion: A Quarterly Review
Enter the wilder shores of countercultural, utopian territories where, in the words of the editor, 'proscribed and/or forbidden knowledge is the coin of the realm;' where activities range from the extreme left to the extreme right, from white to black, from the radically communal to the radically individualistic, with oppositional environmentalism and the search for purity as recurrent themes. Important currents, often capable of posing threats to the mainstream, are explored in depth in The Cultic Milieu: a book which will certainly engage, and probably concern, the reader.
— Paul Heelas, (Lancaster University)