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The supernatural in society, culture, and history

Author: Dennis D Waskul; Marc A Eaton
Publisher: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania : Temple University Press, 2018. ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In the twenty-first century, as in centuries past, stories of the supernatural thrill and terrify us. But despite their popularity, scholars often dismiss such beliefs in the uncanny as inconsequential, or even embarrassing. The editors and contributors to The Supernatural in Society, Culture, and History have made a concerted effort to understand encounters with ghosts and the supernatural that have remain present  Read more...
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Supernatural in society, culture, and history.
Philadelphia : Temple University Press, 2018
(DLC) 2018006621
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Dennis D Waskul; Marc A Eaton
ISBN: 9781439915257 1439915253 9781439915240 1439915245
OCLC Number: 1013489380
Description: vi, 240 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: The supernatural in society, culture, and history / Dennis Waskul and Marc Eaton --
Toward a cryptoscience / William Ryan Force --
On researching the supernatural: cultural competence and Cape Breton stories / Jeannie Banks Thomas --
Ghosts and hauntings: genres, forms, and types / Dennis Waskul --
Paranormal investigation: the scientist and the sensitive / Marc Eaton --
The allure of dark tourism: legend tripping and ghost seeking in dark places / Rachael Ironside --
"The spirits tell me that you're seeking help": fortune-telling in late capitalism / Stephen L. Muzzatti and Emma M. Smith --
Reading tarot: telling fortunes, telling friends, and retelling everyday life / Janet Baldwin --
Twentieth-century voodoo: black culture, cultural geographies, and the meaning of place / I'Nasah Crockett --
Vampirism: modern vampires and embattled identity claims / Joseph P. Laycock --
Cyrptozoology: the hunt for hidden animals and monsters / Tea Krulos --
Alien abduction narratives: a proposed model and brief case study / Scott R. Scribner.
Responsibility: edited by Dennis Waskul and Marc Eaton.

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In the twenty-first century, as in centuries past, stories of the supernatural thrill and terrify us. But despite their popularity, scholars often dismiss such beliefs in the uncanny as inconsequential, or even embarrassing. The editors and contributors to The Supernatural in Society, Culture, and History have made a concerted effort to understand encounters with ghosts and the supernatural that have remain present and flourished. Featuring folkloric researchers examining the cultural value of such beliefs and practices, sociologists who acknowledge the social and historical value of the supernatural, and enthusiasts of the mystical and uncanny, this volume includes a variety of experts and interested observers using first-hand ethnographic experiences and historical records. The Supernatural in Society, Culture, and History seeks to understand the socio-cultural and socio-historical contexts of the supernatural. This volume takes the supernatural as real because belief in it has fundamentally shaped human history. It continues to inform people's interpretations, actions, and identities on a daily basis. The supernatural is an indelible part of our social world that deserves sincere scholarly attention. -- Amazon.com.

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