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Barker's five types of cult-watching groups
According to sociologist Eileen Barker, cult-watching groups (CWGs) disseminate information about "cults" with the intent of changing public and government perception as well as of changing public policy regarding NRMs.
Barker has identified five types of CWG:
1.cult-awareness groups (CAGs) focusing on the harm done by "destructive cults"
2.counter-cult groups (CCGs) focusing on the (heretical) teaching of non-mainstream groups
3.research-oriented groups (ROGs) focusing on beliefs, practices and comparisons
4.human-rights groups (HRGs) focusing on the human rights of religious minorities
5.cult-defender groups (CDGs) focusing on defending cults and exposing CAGs