Janja Lalich

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Janja Lalich
Born 1945
Occupation Professor, Sociology, California State University, Chico
Notable work(s) Bounded choice: True Believers and Charismatic Cults
Website
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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 "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 what she considered to be cult groups, 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[edit]

Lalich earned a Bachelor of Arts in French from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 1967. A Fulbright Scholar, she conducted her post-graduate research at the University of Aix-en-Provence in France.[5]

Lalich has a Ph.D. in Human and Organizational Systems from[6] Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, California.[2]

Published works[edit]

Books[edit]

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]

  1. ^ Cult Expert Janja Lalich Offers New Theory on Brainwashing, Inside Chico State, April 17, 2003, Volume 33, Number 14
  2. ^ a b Zablocki, Benjamin; Thomas Robbins (2001). Misunderstanding Cults (book). University of Toronto Press. p. 522. ISBN 0-8020-8188-6. 
  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 0-520-23194-5. 
  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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