Of Flying Saucers and Social Scientists: A Re-Reading of When Prophecy Fails and of Cognitive Dissonance

Of Flying Saucers and Social Scientists: A Re-Reading of When Prophecy Fails and of Cognitive Dissonance

by Timothy Jenkins

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Overview

What happens when prophecies fail? Timothy Jenkins' re-reading of Leon Festinger's classic work on "cognitive dissonance" seeks to answer this question by studying a 50s doomsday group. This volume explores the relations between anthropology and psychology, and between social scientific and natural scientific accounts of human behavior.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781349473281
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan US
Publication date: 06/21/2013
Series: Palgrave Pivot
Edition description: 1st ed. 2013
Pages: 100
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Timothy Jenkins is a Reader in Anthropology and Religion, University of Cambridge

Table of Contents

Preface Introduction: The issue of the scale of the event – one object or three parties? PART I: THE PRESUPPOSITIONS OF THE VARIOUS PARTIES The social scientists The group and the mediums The press PART II: THE EVENTS AND THEIR RATIONALE The sociology of secrecy. Language of science, language of secrecy. A dialogue of the deaf. Gains Bibliography

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