Paranormal nation : why America needs ghosts, UFOs, and by Marc E. Fitch

By Marc E. Fitch

This thought-provoking research of paranormal phenomena strains the influence of supernatural ideals on pop culture and, conversely, examines the effect of recent communique applied sciences on learn being carried out within the field.
Did you recognize that curiosity in alien ship study elevated through the Nineteen Sixties end result of the Kennedy assassination? Or that the USA skilled a Satanic Panic within the Eighties that culminated with the longest, most costly court docket trial in American background? This booklet experiences the historical past, financial system, and neighborhood of paranormal learn during this kingdom, and considers the deeper that means at the back of the philosophies and theories surrounding the industry.
Paranormal kingdom: Why the United States wishes Ghosts, UFOs, and Bigfoot explores the occasions that experience outlined paranormal trust platforms this present day. From the beginning of non secular doctrine, to ecu witch hunts, to the expanding acclaim for the supernatural in American tv programming, the writer examines the previous and current stipulations that experience fueled curiosity within the unexplained and considers what this pattern skill for modern day America.

• Analyzes the mystical connections in know-how, faith, historical past, folklore, and mythology
• positive aspects interviews with paranormal researchers, theologians, and reverends
• finds the historical past tales of The Exorcist, Ghost Hunters, and MonsterQuest
• strains the background of the magical from historic Europe to present-day the United States

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Fitch. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN 978–0–313–38206–2 (hardback) — ISBN 978–0–313–38207–9 (ebook) 1. Parapsychology—United States—History. 2. United States—Social life and customs. I. Title. 973—dc23 2012040011 ISBN: 978–0–313–38206–2 EISBN: 978–0–313–38207–9 17 16 15 14 13 1 2 3 4 5 This book is also available on the World Wide Web as an eBook. com for details. O. Box 1911 Santa Barbara, California 93116-1911 This book is printed on acid-free paper Manufactured in the United States of America Dedicated to my wife, Erin.

S. history is entangled with the cultural shifts taking place and anxieties experienced at all levels of society, from government to the blue-collar worker. One uniquely American aspect of the UFO phenomenon has been UFO abductions of people. This phenomenon came to public attention during the 1960s when Betty and Barney Hill claimed they had been abducted by an alien spacecraft while traveling through New Hampshire. They claimed that they had lost two hours and had no memory of where they had been or what they had done during those two hours.

Perhaps the most definitive examination of the paranormal came from George P. Hansen’s work, The Trickster and the Paranormal, in which he defines the paranormal as something that defies boundaries, limits, and institutionalization. “The supernatural is irrational, but it is also real. It holds enormous power. We ignore it at our peril. It operates not only on the individual psyche, but at a collective level, influencing entire cultures. The witchcraft persecutions and the demagoguery of charismatic leaders are only two of many dangers.

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