Our research group will be presenting at McGill’s Birk’s Building on April 18, 2019 from 12pm-3pm.
The Oneida Perfectionists, circa 1875
We chose for our website 19th century drawings of life in the Oneida Perfectionist Community, an utopian commune that existed in New York state (1848-1880) founded by “The Oneida Perfectionists, circa 1875”
Conference: Children in Sectarian Religions and State Control (November 28, 2018)
Our research group will be presenting at McGill’s Birk’s Building on November 28, 2018.
Update on the Raid of the Children of the Twelve Tribes in Germany
On September 5, 2013 there was a massive police raid on the Twelve Tribes, a communal NRM in Germany. A hundred police (local and “criminal”) “Update on the Raid of the Children of the Twelve Tribes in Germany”
Caught Up in the Cult Wars: Confessions of a New Religious Movement Researcher
It would seem, Dr Palmer, that you have acquired a bit of a reputation for being “soft on the cults”. Are you indeed… a cultlover?—High “Caught Up in the Cult Wars: Confessions of a New Religious Movement Researcher”
“Cults” and Enslavement via Brainwashing in Israeli Justice: The Case of Daniel Ambash
Daniel Ambash (1955-) is a Franco-Israeli citizen and follower of Rabbi Yisrael’s revitalization movement within the “Na Nach” BresloverHasidim. Since his arrest in2011, he has been serving a 26-year prison sentence. He is portrayed in the Israeli media and in the judgments of the District and Supreme Courts as a sadistic cult leader who enslaved his six wives and his children through the mental manipulation techniques of brainwashing, thereby compelling them to participate in deviant sexual practices and heinous acts. This study explores the anti-cult narrative that shaped the police investigation and the legal process, and how Israel’s new anti-slavery legislation was combined with brainwashing theory in order to convict Daniel Ambash. The role of Israel’s anti-cult group, the media, the police and Social Welfareare analyzedwithin the theoretical frameworks of Stuart Wright’s model (1995) of counter-movement mobilization and Stanley Cohen’s concept (1972) of “moral panic”.