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Cultish : the language of fanaticism  Cover Image Book Book

Cultish : the language of fanaticism / Amanda Montell.

Montell, Amanda, (author.).


"From SoulCycle to Scientology, we're all obsessed with cults. Linguist Amanda Montell examines the language cults use to draw us in"-- Provided by publisher.
"What makes "cults" so intriguing and frightening? What makes them powerful? The reason why so many of us binge Manson documentaries by the dozen and fall down rabbit holes researching suburban moms gone QAnon is because we're looking for a satisfying explanation for what causes people to join--and more importantly, stay in--extreme groups. We secretly want to know: could it happen to me? Amanda Montell's argument is that, on some level, it already has. Our culture tends to provide pretty flimsy answers to questions of cult influence, mostly having to do with vague talk of "brainwashing." But the true answer has nothing to do with freaky mind-control wizardry or Kool-Aid. In Cultish, Montell argues that the key to manufacturing intense ideology, community, and us/them attitudes all comes down to language. In both positive ways and shadowy ones, cultish language is something we hear--and are influenced by--every single day. Through juicy storytelling and cutting original research, Montell exposes the verbal elements that make a wide spectrum of communities "cultish," revealing how they affect followers of groups as notorious as Heaven's Gate, but also how they pervade our modern start-ups, Peloton leaderboards, and Instagram feeds. Incisive and darkly funny, this enrapturing take on the curious social science of power and belief will make you hear the fanatical language of "cultish" everywhere."-- Amazon.

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780062993151
  • ISBN: 0062993151
  • Physical Description: 309 pages ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York, NY : Harper Wave, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2021]

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 287-309).
Formatted Contents Note:
Repeat after me... -- Congratulations-you have been chosen to join the next evolutionary level above human -- Even YOU can learn to speak in tongues -- Do you wanna be a #BossBabe? -- This hours is going to change your life... and make you LOOK AWESOME -- Follow for follow.
Subject: Cults > Language > Psychological aspects.
Mental suggestion.
Group identity.
Genre: Informational works.

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  • 12 of 16 copies available at Missouri Evergreen. (Show)
  • 0 of 1 copy available at Cass County.


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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Cass County Library-Northern Resource Center 306.44 MON 2021 (Text) 0002206107365 Adult Non-Fiction Checked out 08/05/2024

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