Hauntings and Poltergeists: Multidisciplinary Perspectives

Hauntings and Poltergeists: Multidisciplinary Perspectives

by James Houran, Rense (Ed.) Lange
     
 

Few people can claim the distinction of experiencing first-hand such occurrences as hauntings and the presence of poltergeists, but countless numbers of people are fascinated by these unexplainable events. Written by the world's most knowledgeable authorities in this field, the essays in this work promote a better understanding of the manifestations of and various

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Few people can claim the distinction of experiencing first-hand such occurrences as hauntings and the presence of poltergeists, but countless numbers of people are fascinated by these unexplainable events. Written by the world's most knowledgeable authorities in this field, the essays in this work promote a better understanding of the manifestations of and various reasons for hauntings and poltergeist phenomena. The experts come from such backgrounds as anthropology, history, philosophy, psychiatry, and sociology, and provide sober yet highly readable in-depth discussions of numerous ideas and rationalizations for hauntings and poltergeists, from a critical and scientific perspective. Divided into three major sections—sociocultural, physical and physiological, and psychological perspectives—this work provides an overview of each perspective and also addresses the general psychology of belief in the paranormal and how that belief relates to experiences with ghosts and poltergeists.

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Editorial Reviews

Choice
provides a multidisciplinary collection of articles...provocative.... All collections supporting study in this area of psychology
Cuadernos de Parapsicologia
very important...essential and indispensable
Australian Journal of Parapsychology
should be on the shelves of anyone with a serious interest in the topic of ghosts and poltergeists, whether the reader is a skeptic, agnostic or believer...fascinating...Editors Houran and Lange have done a good job in assembling the contributing authors into a coherent presentation of the field...a very valuable and extensive bibliography
Booknews
Anthropology, criminology, history, neurology, philosophy, psychiatry, psychology, physics, and sociology are among the disciplines represented by the contributors. Specialists in hauntings and poltergeist phenomena, they summarize their writings, offering personal accounts both of their own beliefs and the practical work they have undertaken. They distinguish between poltergeist, short-term outbreaks of strange sensory experiences and physical phenomena that occur mainly when particular individuals are present, and hauntings, which persist over long periods and are associated with a particular place. Very few illustrations are included. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786409846
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
08/05/2001
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
11.00(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.00(d)

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