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Rise and Decline of Sokagakkai Japan and the United States
Hideo Hashimoto and William McPherson
Review of Religious Research
Vol. 17, No. 2 (Winter, 1976), pp. 82-92
Published by: Religious Research Association, Inc.
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3510626
Page Count: 11
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The following article is based on a synthesis of the Snook theory of conventional v. unconventional religion and the Glock and Stark thesis of deprivation. This synthesis is applied to Sokagakkai in Japan and the U.S. with emphasis on the membership, history, and doctrines of the parent groups and its overseas offspring. While divergent in some respects, the two branches have represented religious tendencies toward marginality and sectarianism. At the present time they are showing signs of slowing down in rate of growth, accompanied by tendencies toward conventionality.
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