Margaret Singer and the Cult Wars: A New Perspective

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Margaret Singer and the Cult Wars: A New Perspective
Margaret Singer was a psychologist whose most famous contribution to both her profession and to popular culture as her work on cults. To Singer, a cult was synonymous with the practice of brainwashing, and was therefore an affiliation to be avoided. Singer’s work has been part of the cultural phenomenon known as the cult wars, in which scholars have staked out opposing positions on whether the term cult is useful, and on whether membership in cults. This essay will explain Singer’s approach to cults, the various critiques of her approach, and suggest a third way of situating Singer’s work that supersedes the work’s own limitations and address many of the criticisms leveled at it.
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