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date: 15 April 2021

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The episodes of new religious movement (NRM)-related violence in the mid-1990s that indirectly helped to establish new religions as a field of study also prompted NRM specialists to give greater attention to the issue of violence. This article examines a number of general models that have been developed since the mid-nineties, models that have moved in the direction of taking into account the dynamics between NRMs and the social agencies with which they interact, and the potential for violent acts from either side. It then outlines a number of theoretical and public policy issues that need to be addressed in the future.

Keywords: new religions, violence, general models, public policy

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