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"), her research has focused on [1 ] cults, specializing in charismatic authority, power relations, ideology, and social control. Lalich published her [2 ] Ph.D. dissertation on "Bounded Choice: The Fusion of Personal Freedom and Self-Renunciation in Two Transcendent Groups" in 2000. It was later developed into the 2004 book [3 ] . Bounded Choice [4 ]
Education [ edit ]
Bachelor of Arts in French, University of Wisconsin–Madison, 1967 Fulbright Scholar, postgraduate research,
University dAix-en-Provence, France [5 ]
Master's Degree, Human Development
Ph.D., Human and Organizational Systems, Fielding Graduate University, [6 ] Santa Barbara, California [2 ]
Published works [ edit ]
Take Back Your Life: Recovering from Cults and Abusive Relationships (2006), ISBN 0-9720021-5-4, with Madeleine Tobias (2nd ed. of Captive Hearts, Captive Minds)
(2004), Bounded Choice: True Believers and Charismatic Cults ISBN 0-520-23194-5
(2001), Misunderstanding Cults: Searching for Objectivity in a Controversial Field ISBN 0-8020-4373-9, contributor
Women Under the Influence: A Study of Women's Lives in Totalist Groups. Cultic Studies Journal 14:1 (special issue), 1997.
(1996), "Crazy" Therapies: What Are They? Do They Work? ISBN 0-7879-0278-0, with Margaret Singer
(1995), Cults in Our Midst ISBN 0-7879-0051-6, with Margaret Singer
(1994), Captive Hearts, Captive Minds: Freedom and Recovery from Cults and Abusive Relationships ISBN 0-89793-145-9
Articles [ edit ]
"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 [ edit ]
^ Cult Expert Janja Lalich Offers New Theory on Brainwashing, Inside Chico State, April 17, 2003, Volume 33, Number 14
^ a b Zablocki, Benjamin; Thomas Robbins (2001). . Misunderstanding Cults (book) University of Toronto Press. p. 522. ISBN 0-8020-8188-6.
^ 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.
^ Lalich, Janja (2004). . Bounded choice: True Believers and Charismatic Cults University of California Press. ISBN 0-520-23194-5.
^ DECLARATION OF JANJA LALICH IN OPPOSITION TO MOTION FOR SUMMARY ADJUDICATION, Superior Court, San Mateo, California, August 16, 1995
^ Former Cult Members and Support Groups, FACTnet.
External links [ edit ]