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Seeing “Apostates” Clearly: Reconsidering the Legitimacy of Ex-Member Testimony

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  1. New academic paper: Seeing “Apostates” Clearly: Reconsidering the Legitimacy of Ex-Member Testimony in Documentary Representations of Scientology, by Michael Thorn

    Journal of Media and Religion

    Seeing “Apostates” Clearly: Reconsidering the Legitimacy of Ex-Member Testimony in Documentary Representations of Scientology

    Michael Thorn

    Published online: 09 Mar 2021


    https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/citedby/10.1080/15348423.2021.1875661?scroll=top&needAccess=true


    https://doi.org/10.1080/15348423.2021.1875661


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    ABSTRACT


    This article analyzes popular and academic reviews of the book and film Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief in relation to scholarly debates over the status of “apostate” testimony in the study of New Religious Movements (NRMs). Using a Foucauldian discourse analysis – an examination of contested statements of “truth” – it accounts for the significance of ex-member testimony in recent Scientology exposés and argues the tendency to dismiss such testimony as automatically unreliable needs to be reassessed. Using these exposés and the debate surrounding them as a case study, we can see that considering ex-member testimony as disputed but productive discourse, documentary and journalistic representations of controversial new religions can operate as important sources of information, helping us better map a larger discursive domain wherein allegations of harm intermix with claims of benefit in remarkably complicated ways.


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  2. Incredulicide Member

    Hopefully it'll turn up in the future at https://booksc.org/journal/14312

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  3. This is the second recent academic paper that argue against the unthinking and automatic rejection of so-called "apostate" testimony by New Religious Movement (NRM) scholars. The first was "Apostate Memoirs and the Study of Scientology in the Twenty-First Century," by Carole M. Cusack in Implicit Religion, Vol. 23, No. 2 (2020), published online on 5 Mar 2021.

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  4. Thank you. Cross-posted with credit to the ESMBR thread at:

    https://exscn2.net/threads/new-acad...epresentations-of-scientology.2807/post-81090

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