An investigation into Scientology and new religious movements

Connell, Liam (2016) An investigation into Scientology and new religious movements. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    Scientology and new religious movements are plagued in secrets and mystery. These groups revolve around the religious unknown and are often met with fear from the outside world.
    With stories of abuse, suicides and expense, many movements are seen as evil by many people –but little is reported about their beliefs, ‘An investigation into Scientology and new religious movements’ investigates the beliefs and reported abuse of these groups, and offers an
    insight into these secrets.
    The Special Investigation delves into the world of Scientology and new religious movements. The articles will investigate The Church of Scientology itself, past members, critics and those campaigning for more control regarding new religious movements, with the target market: The Guardian.
    A crucial factor to this Special Investigation is giving every side of the story a voice. The features will cover issues such as abuse, religious secrecy, government legislation and harassment.
    The essay section of my investigation focuses on The Church of Scientology and is entitled: ‘Scientology VS Journalism: An examination of how the Church of Scientology responds to media scrutiny and investigative journalism’. This will argue whether or not investigative journalism is objective to Scientology by examining how the pieces investigate the group and the sources they use. The essay will then look into how the Church of Scientology react to these pieces of investigative journalism.
    This essay is relevant to my SPIN features as the articles within the Special Investigation are investigative features and relate well with the pieces that will be examined within this essay.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social, Historical and Literary Studies
    Depositing User: Beth Atkins
    Date Deposited: 31 Aug 2016 09:59
    Last Modified: 31 Aug 2016 09:59
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/21626

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