|Publisher||University of California Press|
|September 15, 2004|
|LC Class||BP605.H36 L35 2004|
|Preceded by||Captive Hearts, Captive Minds,
Cults in Our Midst
Lalich had previously published her Ph.D. dissertation on "Bounded Choice: The Fusion of Personal Freedom and Self-Renunciation in Two Transcendent Groups." That study was of Heaven's Gate and the Democratic Workers Party, and was incorporated into the book.
Lalich's methodologies were influenced by the work of Anthony Giddens, Herbert A. Simon and Robert Jay Lifton. Heaven's Gate, a UFO religion, is used as a model for analyzing the cult structure.
Marion Harmon wrote that: "Lalich’s research culminated in a new theory to explain how the combination of ideology, social structure, and commitment constrains the choice of true believers."
- 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.
- Zablocki, Benjamin; Thomas Robbins (2001). Misunderstanding Cults (book). University of Toronto Press. p. 522. ISBN 0-8020-8188-6.
- Lorne L. Dawson, American Journal of Sociology, vol.111, part 1 (2005), pg. 663–665
- Marion Harmon, Demystifying Cults, Chico Statements, California State University.
- Using the Bounded Choice Model as an Analytical Tool, Janja Lalich, Ph.D., Cultic Studies Review, Vol. 3, No. 3, 2004