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The Ashgate Research Companion to Paranormal Cultures

Edited by: Olu Jenzen , Sally R. Munt

Print publication date:  November  2013
Online publication date:  March  2016

Print ISBN: 9781409444671
eBook ISBN: 9781315613383
Adobe ISBN: 9781317042198

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Despite the much vaunted ’end of religion’ and the growth of secularism, people are engaging like never before in their own ’spiritualities of life’. Across the West, paranormal belief is on the rise. The Ashgate Research Companion to Paranormal Cultures brings together the work of international scholars across the social sciences and humanities to question how and why people are seeking meaning in the realm of the paranormal, a heretofore subjugated knowledge. With contributions from the UK and other European countries, the USA, Australia and Canada, this ground-breaking book attends to the paranormal as a position from which to critique dominant forms of knowledge production and spirituality. A rich exploration of everyday life practices, textual engagements and discourses relating to the paranormal, as well as the mediation, technology and art of paranormal activity, this book explores themes such as subcultures and mainstreaming, as well as epistemological, methodological, and phenomenological questions, and the role of the paranormal in social change. The Ashgate Research Companion to Paranormal Cultures constitutes an essential resource for those interested in the academic study of cultural engagements with paranormality; it will appeal to scholars of cultural and media studies, popular culture, sociology, cultural geography, literature, film and music.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Introduction Download PDF
Chapter  2:  Haunted Culture: The Persistence of Belief in the Paranormal Download PDF
Chapter  3:  The Ghost in the Machine: Spirit and Technology Download PDF
Chapter  4:  Paranormal Cultural Practices Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Extraordinary Experiences with UFOs Download PDF
Chapter  6:  Ghosts in the Body: Infections, Genes, and the Re-enchantment of Biology Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Sceptic Culture: Traditions of Disbelief in New Mexico Download PDF
Chapter  8:  ‘Paranormal Science’ from America to Italy: A Case of Cultural Homogenisation Download PDF
Chapter  9:  Making Sense of the Paranormal: A Platonic Context for Research Methods Download PDF
Chapter  10:  Everyday Ghosts: A Matter of Believing in Belonging Download PDF
Chapter  11:  ‘A Giant Bedsheet with the Holes Cut Out’: Expectations and Discussions of the Appearance of Ghosts Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Interpreting Death and the Afterlife in US Paranormal Reality Television Programmes and Online Fan Groups Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Wilhelm Reich and the Etheric Warriors Download PDF
Chapter  14:  Other Senses: The Politics of Mediumship Download PDF
Chapter  15:  ‘There’s Something in My House’: Television and the Politics of the Paranormal Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Social Realism and the Paranormal in Scandinavian Fiction Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Immersed in Illusion, Haunted by History: Marisa Carnesky’s Ghost Train  Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Ireland the Anomalous State: Paranormal Cultures and the Irish Literary and Political Revival Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Mexico’s La Ilustración Espírita: Towards a Transatlantic Understanding of a Spiritualist Archive Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Visions of the Paranormal: Representations of Psychic Women and Ghosts in Television and Film Download PDF
Chapter  21:  The Gizmo and the Glitch: Telepathy, Ocular Philosophy, and other Extensions of Sensation Download PDF
Chapter  22:  Paranormal Art History: Psychometry and the Afterlife of Objects, a Canadian Case Study Download PDF
Chapter  23:  Music and the Paranormal Download PDF
Chapter  24:  Conjuring the Spirits: Suggestion, Magic, and the Cognitive Approach to Performance Creation Download PDF
Chapter  25:  Trance, Transfiguration and Trust: Spiritualism in Western Australia Download PDF
Chapter  26:  A Phenomenology of the Ghosthunting Scene in the USA and in Germany Download PDF
Chapter  27:  The GHost Project: Manifesting Ghosts through Visual Art and Creative Research Download PDF
Chapter  28:  The Monsters of Hackney and Walthamstow Marshes: The Haunting of East London’s Lower Lea Valley by Prehistoric Ghosts Download PDF
Chapter  29:  A Short Bestiary of Creatures from the Web Download PDF
Bibliography Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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