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Brainwashing In Scientology's Rehabilitation Project Force (Kent)

Brainwashing In Scientology's Rehabilitation Project Force (Kent)

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Revised Version of a Presentation at the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, San Diego , California November 7, 1997 by Dr Stephen Kent University of Alberta , Canada
Revised Version of a Presentation at the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, San Diego , California November 7, 1997 by Dr Stephen Kent University of Alberta , Canada

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BRAINWASHING IN SCIENTOLOGY'SREHABILITATION PROJECT FORCE (RPF)
Revised Version of a Presentation at the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, San Diego , California November 7, 1997by Dr Stephen Kent University of Alberta , CanadaDecember 3, 1997
 AbstractThis study examines the confinement programs and camps thatScientology operates as supposedly rehabilitative facilities for"deviant" members of its "elite" Sea Organization. These programs, known collectively as the Rehabilitation Project Force(RPF), put coerced participants through regimes of harsh physical punishment, forced self-confessions, social isolation,hard labour, and intense doctrinal study, all as part ofleadership-designed efforts to regain members' ideologicalcommitment. The confinement that participants experience,combined with forms of physical maltreatment, intensiveideological study, and forced confessions, allows socialscientists to speak of the RPF as a "brainwashing" program.
 
Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2The "Brainwashing Debate" within the Social Sciences . . . . . 2RPF Accounts in the Courts and the Media . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Methodological Issues. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4Ideational History of the RPF. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5Hubbard's Brainwashing and Psychopolitics Manual . . . . . . . 5Hubbard's Discussions of Brainwashing in the Late 1960s. . . . 6Organizational Forerunners to the RPF. . . . . . . . . . . . . 7The Creation of the RPF. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9The Creation of the RPF's RPF. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10RPF Consistencies and Variations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .111. Forcible Confinement. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .112. Accounts of Physical Maltreatment . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 A. Excessive Exercise--The Running Program. . . . . . . . 13B. Physically Demanding and Tiring Chores . . . . . . . . 14C. Poor Diet. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15D. Issues of Hygiene and Medical Care . . . . . . . . . . 15E. Sleeping Conditions. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 163. Social Maltreatment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .174. Intensive Study of Ideology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .175. Forced Confessions. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
 
186. Success Stories . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19The Impact on Some Scientologists Who Saw the RPF inOperation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20Conclusion: Brainwashing as a Practice in Scientology and aConcept in Sociology. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21Bibliography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22

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