Author(s): Bayram SEV?NÇ

In the late modern era identity is gained by groupings in which individual is active, while it has gained in modern era by groupings that have similar structure to nation-statecentered and alike organizational forms and was gained mostly as an element of a given structure in traditional societies. As a source of identity the position of religion, that expressed that it has lost it, has been concerned again in late modern era through the NRMs. But the issue of continuity of identity that provided by NRMs type grouping to the individual is still vague. NRMs have to offer certainty and security to the individual while offering identity. NRMs which claim to provide certainty within a community can’t provide this because of macro contexts like globalization. Thus the individual cannot reach the certainty that he is looking for identity within modern era communities: because this type of certainty has been perished with the traditional society. In this investigation the new religious movements which gained a significant presence in the late modern era is discussed in the context of individual’s search for identity. Thus the community form that offered by the NRMs to the individual is examined here in terms of presenting a certainty or not.


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