Narconon, Scientology, and the Battle for Legitimacy

This article provides an historical description and analysis of Scientology’s controversial drug treatment program, Narconon. Following scholarship by sociologist Terra Manca on Scientology’s pseudo-medicine, I argue that Scientology initially claimed its program to be part of its religion, but even...

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Published in:Marburg Journal of Religion (Band 19)
Main Author: Kent, Stephen A.
Format: Journal Articles
Language:English
Published: Philipps-Universität Marburg 2017
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Summary:This article provides an historical description and analysis of Scientology’s controversial drug treatment program, Narconon. Following scholarship by sociologist Terra Manca on Scientology’s pseudo-medicine, I argue that Scientology initially claimed its program to be part of its religion, but eventually dropped this claim as it attempted to get Narconon programs and teachings established in communities. I show, however, the intimate association between Scientology and Narconon courses, and present some of the evidence that the program lacks scientific validity—especially its Purification Rundown.   
DOI:https://doi.org/10.17192/mjr.2017.19.6495