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Janja Lalich
Born 1945
Occupation Professor, Sociology, California State University

Janja Lalich is Professor of Sociology at California State University, Chico, known for her study of the inner workings of cults.

She was a member of the radical "Democratic Workers Party" for 11 years, a group she now considers a cult. Motivated by her personal history ("I wanted to figure out what the heck happened to me"),[1] her research has focused on cults, specializing in charismatic authority, power relations, ideology, and social control.[2] Lalich published her Ph.D. dissertation on "Bounded Choice: The Fusion of Personal Freedom and Self-Renunciation in Two Transcendent Groups" in 2000.[3] It was later developed into the 2004 book Bounded Choice.[4]

Education

Published works

Books

Articles

  • "Repairing The Soul After A Cult Experience", CSNetwork Magazine, Spring 1996, pp. 30-33
  • "Using the Bounded Choice Model as an Analytical Tool: A Case Study of Heaven's Gate", Cultic Studies Review, Vol. 3, No.3
  • "The Cadre Ideal: Origins and Development of a Political Cult", Cultic Studies Journal, Vol. 9, No.1
  • Introduction: "We Own Her Now", Cultic Studies Journal, Vol. 14, No.1
  • "Dominance and Submission: The Psychosexual Exploitation of Women in Cults", Cultic Studies Journal, Vol.14, No.1
  • "Women Under the Influence: A Study of Women's Lives in Totalist Groups", Guest Editor, Special issue, Cultic Studies Journal, Vol.14, No.1

References

  1. Cult Expert Janja Lalich Offers New Theory on Brainwashing, Inside Chico State, April 17, 2003, Volume 33, Number 14
  2. 2.0 2.1 Zablocki, Benjamin; Thomas Robbins (2001). Misunderstanding Cults (book). University of Toronto Press. p. 522. ISBN 0802081886.
  3. Lalich, Janja., "Bounded Choice: The Fusion of Personal Freedom and Self-Renunciation in Two Transcendent Groups." Ph.D. dissertation., Santa Barbara, California, Fielding Institute., 2000.
  4. Lalich, Janja (2004). Bounded choice: True Believers and Charismatic Cults. University of California Press. ISBN 0520231945.
  5. DECLARATION OF JANJA LALICH IN OPPOSITION TO MOTION FOR SUMMARY ADJUDICATION, Superior Court, San Mateo, California, August 16, 1995
  6. Former Cult Members and Support Groups, FACTnet.

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