This assignment is based on the
Cult-Induced Model of Violence Perpetration, which posits that social
psychological cult context manipulations are key in transforming normal
people into violence perpetrations. Please review the lecture on this
model and its three stages of transformation:Pre-existing vulerabiliy: Alienation (i.e., “susceptible alienated” are most vulnerable to cult induction)Stage
1: Depluralization (relinquishment of previous personal identity and
group affiliations and replacememt with cult group identification) –
manipulations: social isolation, depersonalization elements and
collective group activities; transformation to attachment to leader and
commitment to cult).Stage 2: Self-Deindividuation
(anonymity through conformity, increasing identification with and
emotional connection/dependency on charismatic cult leader and its
members, collective rituals, internalizing norms of obedience and submergence of self into cult ideology; and Other-Deindividuation (propagandizing “out-groups” as bad, emotional transformation = hatred of out groups); andStage 3: Dehumanization (Out-group as subhuman) and Demonization (Out-groups as evil) –> behavioral
transformation –> aggression/violence (Dehumanization) and
Demonization (justification – without remorse –> continued violence
perpetration)Then, Identify elements of each of these three
stages in either the Aum Shinrykio cult (Japanese sarin gas cult), or
the People’s Temple cult, as weblinks in this module; or alternatively,
choose another violent cult (provide the link or article summary).
Paper length two pages, double-spaced as Word document uploaded here. Due Date: Tuesday night, July 29, 2014, at midnight. Please be sure your name is included in top line of your paper.
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