By Amanda van Eck Duymaer van Twist
Little ones born and raised at the non secular fringe are a particular but mostly unstudied social phenomenon. they're irreversibly formed via the adventure, having been thrust into radical spiritual cultures that regularly think young ones to be endowed with heightened non secular features. The spiritual crew is all encompassing: it money owed for his or her kin, their college, social networks, and every thing that prepares them for his or her grownup life.
Using examine amassed from over fifty in-depth interviews, Amanda van Eck Duymaer van Twist explores the lives of people born into new spiritual teams, a few of whom have stayed in those teams, and a few of whom have left. The teams she considers contain the Bruderhof, Scientology, the kinfolk foreign, the Unification Church, and the overseas Society for Krishna realization. The ebook attracts at the author's visits to those teams, their colleges and houses, and aid web content maintained through those that left the non secular teams that raised them. It additionally information her studies at meetings held by way of NGOs considering the welfare of youngsters in "cults."
The arrival of a moment new release of contributors in new non secular hobbies increases new matters and criminal concerns. whether or not they remain or depart, young ones raised at the spiritual fringe adventure a distinct type of segregation in maturity. Perfect Children examines the methods those events adapt to a moment new release, how youngsters are socialized, what occurs to those kids as they mature, and the way their childhoods have affected them.
Amanda van Eck Duymaer van Twist is the deputy director of tell, a non-profit details heart focusing on minority spiritual hobbies, spiritualities, and fringe political pursuits, established on the London institution of Economics and Political technology in London. As a part of her paintings, she has encountered and researched a number of subject matters and matters facing minority and/or new religions.
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Groups might even find they need to reevaluate certain beliefs and practices. The ways in which sectarian groups adapt to this change, and the degree to which they do so, depends on how they choose to combine their new responsibilities with their previous priorities. How these priorities are juggled depends on the way in which the new generation is regarded. Children might be perceived to have a special and doctrinal importance, or an intrinsic importance. In most cases they are thought to be different from “other” children—this difference may result from prophecy, by association, by birth location, or even by biology.
51 The Amish send their children to school until the age of twelve, either state schools or their own, depending on the resources available, after which the young members are taught the skills they need for life in the community. Similarly, the Family chose to homeschool and bring its children along to the mission field, where they would simultaneously be trained in the skills necessary for missionary and community life. Sectarian groups do form a physical community, and tend to create special structures in order to direct, as much as possible, the socialization of their children.
43 The leader of the Oneida Perfectionists changed his mind on celibacy and the group moved to a system of sexual sharing, enabling some couples to have children according to a system of eugenics specified by him. Celibacy proved to be a temporary practice as other issues, such as sexual sharing and a second generation, became more important. Some Ananda Margis remain celibate, and in some countries the group runs orphanages and raises the children as members. Krishna devotees can be celibate, be married, or return to celibacy after having children.