«New religious movements and society» is traditionally one of the most sophisticated topics in the area of new religions studies. Its problem ﬁeld is so huge that up to now by far not all important research themes where even touched by scientists from all over the world. The problem of the process of the identiﬁcation of sectarianism by diﬀ erent societal institutions is one of such untouched themes that is taken as the main subject of this article. This process by itself is an inseparable part of the every societal deliberate reaction to the very existence of unconventional religiosity, its unstructured and mainly structured types. The focal point of the article is step-by-step analysis of the general structure elements of the process of the identiﬁcation of sectarianism without any reference to the speciﬁc time and place of its ﬂow. Special attention is paid to the analysis of the subjects of the identiﬁcation of sectarianism, to the criteria for religious groups to be qualiﬁed as new religious movements, and to the speciﬁc features of the process of documents ﬁltration. The causes of selective perception of sectarianism are disclosed. Some main consequences and unpredictable outcomes of the process of the identiﬁcation of sectarianism are described.
identiﬁcation of sectarianism, unconventional religiosity, new religious movements, intentionality of cult studies, borderlines of unconventional religiosity, cults and society.
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