Yes: Solomon, T. (1983). Programming and deprogramming the
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(Eds.), The Brainwashing/Deprogramming Controversy: Sociological,
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No: Richardson, J.T. (1993). A social psychological critique
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Written Assignment: Please answer both questions:
1. What words come to mind when you hear the words
“brainwashing” or “cult”? Should unconventional spiritual organizations, such
as the Unification Church, be called “new religious movements” instead of
2. Occasionally some members of new religious movements have
been forcibly removed from the organizations by family members in order to
“deprogram” them and reunite them with their family. Is kidnapping people and
removing them from the group without their consent an acceptable practice?

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