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Perfect Children: Growing Up on the Religious Fringe

Amanda van Eck Duymaer van Twist


The increasing religious diversity of the past few decades means that there are more people who have been born and raised in religious communities—subcultures that occasionally are very different from the surrounding society. Depending on the beliefs, they may have experienced very restrictive or permissive childhoods. There have also been cases of abuse and neglect. This can raise difficult issues for child-welfare authorities, and for the children themselves. Balancing the rights of the parents (e.g. to raise their children within their religion) with the rights of the children (e.g. access ... More

Keywords: sect, religion, sectarianism, community, children, childhood, socialization, stigma

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199827787
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199827787.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Amanda van Eck Duymaer van Twist, author
Information Network Focus on Religious Movements (INFORM), London School of Economics