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Country  United States
Subject  Cults
Media type  Paperback
Originally published  15 September 2004
Preceded by  Cults in Our Midst
Genres  Psychology, Non-fiction
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Language  English
Publication date  September 15, 2004
Pages  353
Author  Janja Lalich
Page count  353
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Publisher  University of California Press
Similar  Janja Lalich books, Cult books, Psychology books

Bounded Choice: True Believers and Charismatic Cults is a nonfiction psychology book on cults that was written by Janja Lalich and published by University of California Press in 2004.

Lalich had previously studied Heaven's Gate and the Democratic Workers Party for her doctoral dissertation entitled "Bounded Choice: The Fusion of Personal Freedom and Self-Renunciation in Two Transcendent Groups", and that research was incorporated into the book.

Lalich's methodologies were influenced by the work of Anthony Giddens, Herbert Simon and Robert Lifton. Heaven's Gate, a UFO religion, was used as a model for analyzing the cult structure.

Marion Harmon wrote that: "Lalich’s research culminated in a new theory to explain how the combination of ideology, social structure, and commitment constrains the choice of true believers."

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