Cover of the first edition
|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 studied Heaven's Gate and the Democratic Workers Party for her doctoral dissertation entitled "Bounded Choice: The Fusion of Personal Freedom and Self-Renunciation in Two Transcendent Groups", and that research was incorporated into the book.
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; Robbins, Thomas (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