Scholarly Resources

    • Ahlberg, Sture. Messianic Movements: A Comparative Analysis of the Sabbatians, the People’s Temple and the Unification Church. Stockholm: Almqvist and Wiksell, 1986.
    • Anthony, Dick and Thomas Robbins. “Religious Totalism, Exemplary Dualism, and the Waco Tragedy.” In Millennium, Messiahs, and Mayhem: Contemporary Apocalyptic Movements. Edited by Thomas Robbins and Susan J. Palmer. New York: Routledge, 1994.
    • Barker, Eileen. “Religious Movements: Cult and Anticult Since Jonestown.” Annual Review of Sociology 12 (1986): 329-346.
    • Bromley, David G. and Anson D. Shupe, Jr.. Strange Gods: The Great American Cult Scare. Boston: Beacon Press, 1981.
    • Cesbro, James and David McMahan. “Media Construction of Mass Murder-Suicides as Drama: The New York Times Symbolic Construction of Mass Murder-Suicides.” Communications Quarterly 54, no. 4 (2006): 407-25.
    • Chidester, David. “Rituals of Exclusion and the Jonestown Dead.”  Journal of the American Academy of Religion 56, no. 4 (Winter 1988): 681-702.
      • Salvation and Suicide: An Interpretation of Jim Jones, the Peoples Temple, and Jonestown. Bloomington and Indianapolis: University of Indiana Press, 1988. Revised ed. titled Salvation and Suicide: Jim Jones, the Peoples Temple and Jonestown, 2003.
      • “Saving the Children by Killing Them: Redemptive Sacrifice in the Ideologies of Jim Jones and Ronald Reagan.” Religion and American Culture: A Journal of Interpretation 1, no. 2 (Summer 1991): 177-201. (Available online here.)
    • Crist, R. E. “Jungle Geopolitics in Guyana.” American Journal of Economics and Sociology 40 (1981): 107-14.
    • Hall, John R. “The Apocalypse at Jonestown.” In In Gods We Trust: New Patterns of Religious Pluralism in America. Edited by Thomas Robbins and Dick Anthony. New Brunswick NJ: Transaction Books, 1981, pp. 171-190. Reprinted from Transaction/Society 16, no. 6 (September/October 1979): 52-61.
      • “Collective Welfare as Resource Mobilization in Peoples Temple: A Case Study of a Poor People’s Religious Social Movement.” Sociological Analysis 49, Supplement (December 1988): 645-775.
      • Gone from the Promised Land: Jonestown in American Cultural History. New Brunswick NJ: Transaction Books, 1987; Reprinted 2004.
      • “The Impact of Apostates on the Trajectories of Religious Movements: The Case of Peoples Temple.” In Falling From the Faith: The Causes, Course, and Consequences of Religious Apostasy. Ed. David G. Bromley. Beverley Hills, Calif.: Sage Publications, 1988, pp. 229-50.
      • “Jonestown in the 21st Century.” Transaction/Society 41, no. 2 (January/February 2004): 9-11.
      • “Peoples Temple.” In America’s Alternative Religions. Edited by Timothy Miller. Albany, N.Y.: State University of New York, 1995, pp. 303-311.
      • “Public Narratives and the Apocalyptic Sect: From Jonestown to Mt. Carmel.” In Armageddon in Waco: Critical Perspectives on the Branch Davidian Conflict. Edited by Stuart A. Wright. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1995, pp. 205-235.
    • Hall, John R. and Philip Schuyler. “Apostasy, Apocalypse, and Religious Violence: An Exploratory Comparison of Peoples Temple, the Branch Davidians, and the Solar Temple.” In The Politics of Religious Apostasy: The Role of Apostates in the Transformation of Religious Movements. Edited by David G. Bromley. Westport, Conn.: Praeger, 1998, pp. 141-69.
    • Hall, John R. with Philip D. Schuyler and Sylvaine Trinh. Apocalpyse Observed: Religious Movements and Violence in North America, Europe, and Japan. New York: Routledge, 2000.
    • Harding, Vincent. “My Lord, What a Mourning: Jonestown is America.” In The Other American Revolution, by Vincent Harding. Atlanta: Institute of the Black World, 1980.
    • Introvigne, Massimo . Idee che uccidono. Jonestown, Waco, il Tempio Solare. Milan: Pessano MIMEP-Docete, 1995.
    • Johnson, Doyle Paul. “Dilemma of Charismatic Leadership: The Case of The Peoples Temple.” Sociological Analysis 40 (1979): 315-23.
    • Kent, Stephen A. “House of Judah, the Northeast Kingdom Community, and the Jonestown Problem: Downplaying Child Physical Abuses and Ignoring Serious Evidence.” International Journal of Cultic Studies, vol. 1, no. 1 (2010): pp. 27-48.
    • Levi, Kenneth, ed. Violence and Religious Commitment: Implications of Jim Jones’ People’s Temple Movement. University Park, Penn.: Penn State Press, 1982.
    • Lewis, Gordon K. “Gather with the Saints at the River:” The Jonestown Guyana Holocaust 1978. Río Piedras, Puerto Rico: Institute of Caribbean Studies, University of Puerto Rico, 1979.
    • Lincoln, C. Eric and Lawrence H. Mamiya. “Daddy Jones and Father Divine: The Cult as Political Religion.” Religious Life 49 (1980): 6-23. Reprinted in Rebecca Moore, Anthony B. Pinn, and Mary R. Sawyer, eds. Peoples Temple and Black Religion in America. Bloomington and Indianapolis: University of Indiana Press, 2004, pp. 28-46.
    • Lindt, Gillian.  “Journeys to Jonestown: Accounts and Interpretations of the Rise and Demise of People’s Temple.”  Union Seminary Quarterly Review 37, nos. 1 & 2 (Fall-Winter 1981-1982): 159-174.
    • Maaga, Mary McCormick. Hearing the Voices of Jonestown. Syracuse, N.Y.: Syracuse University Press, 1998. Chapter available here.
      • “‘No One Commits Suicide’: The Need for a Sociology of Knowledge for the Women of Peoples Temple.” Paper given at the Annual Meeting, Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, 6-8 November, 1992, Washington, D.C.
    • McCloud, Sean. “From Exotics to Brainwashers: Portraying New Religions in Mass Media.” Religion Compass 1, no. 1 (2007): 214-28.
    • Melton, J. Gordon. Peoples Temple and Jim Jones: Broadening Our Perspective. New York: Garland, 1990.
    • Moore, Rebecca. “‘American as Cherry Pie:’ Peoples Temple and Violence in America.” In Millennialism, Persecution, and Violence: Historical Cases. Edited by Catherine Wessinger. Syracuse N.Y.: Syracuse University Press, 2000, pp. 121-137. Available online.
      • “A Demographic Study of Black Involvement in Peoples Temple: What the Numbers Say.” In Moore, Pinn, and Sawyer, 57-80.
      • “Drinking the Kool-Aid: The Cultural Transformation of a Tragedy.” Nova Religio 7, no. 2 (November 2003): 92-100. Available online. 
      • “Is the Canon on Jonestown Closed?” Nova Religio 4, no. 1 (October 2000): 7-27.
      • “Jim Jones.” Article in The Encyclopedia of African American Folklore. Ed. Anand Prahlad. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Publishing, 2005.
      • “Jim Jones.” Article in The Encyclopedia of Religion, 2d edition. Ed. Lindsay Jones. New York: Macmillan Reference, 2005.
      • “Jonestown in Literature: Caribbean Reflections on a Tragedy.” Literature and Theology 23, no. 1 (March 2009): 1-15.
      • “Narratives of Persecution, Suffering, and Martyrdom: Violence in Peoples Temple and Jonestown.” In Violence and New Religious Movements. Ed. James R. Lewis, pp. 95-111. New York: Oxford  University Press, 2011.
      • “Out of Academia: How Survivors and Artists are Reshaping the Narrative of Jonestown.” In The Bloomsbury Companion to New Religious Movements. Ed. George D. Chryssides and Benjamin E. Zeller. London: Continuum, 2013 (forthcoming).
      • “Peoples Temple.” Article in The 21st Century Encyclopedia of the World Religions. Ed. J. Gordon Melton and Martin Baumann. Santa Barbara: ABC-Clio, 2002.
      • “Peoples Temple.” Article in Encyclopedia of Millennialism and Millennial Movements. Ed. Richard Landes. New York and London: Routledge, 2000, pp. 305-8.
      • “Peoples Temple.” Article in Religions of the World Religions, 2d ed., A Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Beliefs and Practices, ed. J. Gordon Melton. Santa Barbara: ABC-Clio, 2010.
      • “Peoples Temple.”Article in The Encyclopedia of Religions in Canada, ed. James A. Beverley. Toronto: HarperCollins Canada, forthcoming.
      • “Peoples Temple: A Typical Cult?” In Introduction to New and Alternative Religions in America, Vol. 2. Ed. Eugene V. Gallagher and W. Michael Ashcraft. Westport, Conn: Greenwood, 2006, pp. 113-34.
      • “Peoples Temple Revisited: A Review Essay.” Nova Religio 10, no. 1 (August 2006): 111-18.
      • “Reconstructing Reality: Conspiracy Theories About Jonestown.” In Controversial New Religions. Ed. James Lewis. New York and London: Oxford University Press, 2005, pp. 61-78. Reprint of article in Journal of Popular Culture 36, no. 2 (Fall 2002): 200-20. (Also online here.)
      • Rhetoric, Revolution and Resistance in Jonestown, Guyana.” In Cult Suicides, ed. James R. Lewis. London: Ashgate Publishing, 2013 (forthcoming).
      • The Sacred and the Profane in Wilson Harris’ Jonestown.”
      • “The Stigmatized Deaths in Jonestown: Finding a Locus for Grief.” Death Studies, 35, no. 1 (2011): 42-58.
      • A Sympathetic History of Jonestown. Lewiston, N.Y.: Edwin Mellen Press, 1985. (Sample chapters appear here.)
      • Understanding Jonestown and Peoples Temple. Westport, Conn.: Praeger, 2009. (Book description by author appear here. Reviews on Amazon.com appear here. A critical blogpost about the book appears here.)
    • Moore, Rebecca and Fielding M. McGehee, III, eds. The Need for a Second Look at Jonestown. Lewiston, N.Y.: Edwin Mellen Press, 1989.
      • eds. New Religious Movements, Mass Suicide, and Peoples Temple: Scholarly Perspectives on a Tragedy. Lewiston, N.Y.: Edwin Mellen Press, 1989.
    • Moore, Rebecca, Anthony B. Pinn, and Mary R. Sawyer, eds. Peoples Temple and Black Religion in America. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2004.
    • Pozzi, Enrico. Il Carisma malato. Il People’s Temple e il suicidio collettive di Jonestown. Naples: Liguori, 1992.
    • Richardson, James. “Peoples Temple and Jonestown: A Corrective Comparison and Critique.” Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 19, no. 3 (1980): 239-255.
    • Robbins, Thomas. “Reconsidering Jonestown.” Religious Studies Review 15, no. 1 (January 1989): 32-37. (This article was expanded into “The Second Wave of Jonestown Literature,” noted below.)
      • “Religious Mass Suicide Before Jonestown: The Russian Old Believers.” Sociological Analysis 47, no. 1 (Spring 1986): 1-20.
      • “The Second Wave of Jonestown Literature: A Review Essay.” In New Religious Movements, Mass Suicide, and Peoples Temple: Scholarly Perspectives on a Tragedy. Edited by Rebecca Moore and Fielding M. McGehee, III. Lewiston, N.Y.: Edwin Mellen Press, 1989, pp 113-134.
    • Robbins, Thomas and Dick Anthony. “Sects and Violence: Factors Enhancing the Volatility of Marginal Religious Movements.” In Armageddon at Waco: Critical Perspectives on the Branch Davidian Conflict. Edited by Stuart A. Wright. Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press, 1995, pp. 236-59.
    • Sidky, Homayun. “Chapter 16: Religion and Violence.” In Religion: An Anthropological Perspective. New York: Peter Lang, 2015, pp. 225-241.
    • Smith, Archie Jr. “An Interpretation of the Peoples Temple and Jonestown: Implications for the Black Church.” PSR Bulletin Occasional Paper 58, no. 2 (February 1980). Reprinted in Moore, Pinn, and Sawyer, 47-56.
    • Smith, Jonathan Z. Imagining Religion: From Babylon to Jonestown. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1982.
    • Smith, Karin A. “A Taxonomy of Jonestown.” M.A. Thesis. San Francisco and Oakland: California College of the Arts, 2007.
    • Stephenson, Denice. Dear People: Remembering Jonestown. San Francisco and Berkeley: California Historical Society and Heyday Books, 2005. A review in the April 14, 2005 edition of the San Francisco Chronicle appears here.
    • Weightman, Judith. Making Sense of the Jonestown Suicides. Lewiston, N.Y.: Edwin Mellen Press, 1983.
    • Wessinger, Catherine. How the Millennium Comes Violently: From Jonestown to Heaven’s Gate. New York: Seven Bridges Press, 2000.
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