Nova Religio

New Religious Movements in Oceania: A Special Issue

This essay is a brief introduction to the long-term history of new religious movements in the Pacific Islands (Micronesia, Polynesia and Melanesia) while tracing the social scientific study of them as group adjustments to colonialism and rapid social change. Providing background to the articles in this special issue of Nova Religio, the study shows that new religious movements in the Pacific Islands region have been more diverse than usually thought. There is caution against past over-emphases—for instance that Melanesia generated only so-called cargo cults—and attention is paid to differences of collective expectations between societies more traditionally egalitarian (especially in Melanesia) and those more hierarchical (mainly in Micronesia and Polynesia). Read more.

 

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Nova Religio: The Journal of Alternative and Emergent Religions: 18 (4)

Vol. 18 No. 4, Fall 2014
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ISSN: 1092-6690
eISSN: 1541-8480
Frequency: Quarterly
Published: August, November, February, May

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Nova Religio presents scholarly interpretations and examinations of emergent and alternative religious movements. Original research, perspectives on the study of new religions, literature reviews, and conference updates keep scholars well informed on a wide range of topics including: new religions; new movements within established religious traditions; neo-indigenous, neo-polytheistic and revival movements; ancient wisdom and New Age groups; diasporic religious movements; and marginalized and stigmatized religions.

 

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