They Know Us Better Than We Know Ourselves: The History and Politics of Alien Abduction

They Know Us Better Than We Know Ourselves: The History and Politics of Alien Abduction

by Bridget Brown, Jean Stefancic
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0814799213

ISBN-13: 9780814799215

Pub. Date: 01/09/2012

Publisher: New York University Press

Since its emergence in the 1960s, belief in alien abduction has saturated popular culture, with the ubiquitous image of the almond-eyed alien appearing on everything from bumper stickers to bars of soap. Drawing on interviews with alleged abductees from the New York area, Bridget Brown suggests a new way for people to think about the alien phenomenon, one that is

Overview

Since its emergence in the 1960s, belief in alien abduction has saturated popular culture, with the ubiquitous image of the almond-eyed alien appearing on everything from bumper stickers to bars of soap. Drawing on interviews with alleged abductees from the New York area, Bridget Brown suggests a new way for people to think about the alien phenomenon, one that is concerned not with establishing whether aliens actually exist, but with understanding what belief in aliens in America may tell us about our changing understanding of ourselves and our place in the world.

They Know Us Better Than We Know Ourselves looks at how the belief in abduction by extraterrestrials is constituted by and through popular discourse and the images provided by print, film, and television. Brown contends that the abduction phenomenon is symptomatic of a period during which people have come to feel increasingly divested of the ability to know what is real or true about themselves and the world in which they live. The alien abduction phenomenon helps us think about how people who feel left out create their own stories and fashion truths that square with their own experience of the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814799215
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
01/09/2012
Pages:
247
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments
Introduction
1 Elusive Shreds of Memory: The Trauma and Recovery of Alien Abduction
2 The Invisible Epidemic: Abduction Traumatists
3 Good Subjects: Submitting to the Alien
4 My Body Is Not My Own: The Intimate Invasion of Alien Technology
5 An Ongoing and Systematic Breeding Experiment
6 They Have the Secrets: Conspiracy Theory as Alternative History
7 This Is Worse Than Friggin’ Aliens: Conspiracy Theory and the War against Citizens
8 Look and See What You Have Done: Abductees and the Burden of Global Consciousness
9 You Have a Sensitivity: The Limits of Chosenness
10 Reality Gets Exploded: Abductee Culture, Abductee Belief
Conclusion: Alien Abduction and the New Face of Terror
Notes
Bibliography
Index
About the Author

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