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Trickster and the Paranormal

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ISBN-10: 1401000827

ISBN-13: 9781401000820

Edition: 1999

Authors: George P. Hansen

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Paranormal and supernatural events have been reported for millennia.  They have fostered history's most important cultural transformations (e.g., via the miracles of Moses, Jesus, Mohammed).  Paranormal phenomena are frequently portrayed in the world's greatest art and literature, as well as in popular TV shows and movies.  Most adults in the U.S. believe in them.  Yet they have a marginal place in modern culture.  No university departments are devoted to studying psychic phenomena.  In fact, a panoply of scientists now aggressively denounces them.These facts present a deeply puzzling situation.  But they become coherent after pondering the trickster figure, an archaic being found worldwide…    
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Book details

List price: $26.99
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation LLC
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 564
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.628
Language: English

Acknowledgementsp. 11
Prefacep. 14
Introductionp. 19
Overviewp. 33
An Overview of Tricksters From Mythology, Folklore, and Elsewherep. 35
Ernest Hartmann's Mental Boundariesp. 48
Victor Turner's Concept of Anti-structurep. 52
Overviewp. 73
Mysticism, Holy Madness, and Fools for Godp. 75
Shamanism and Its Shamp. 86
Overviewp. 95
Michael Winkelman on Magico-religious Practitionersp. 97
Max Weber, Charisma, and the Disenchantment of the Worldp. 102
Cultural Change and the Paranormalp. 110
Overviewp. 117
Prominent "Psychics"p. 119
Conjurors and the Paranormalp. 130
CSICOP and the Debunkersp. 148
Small Groups and the Paranormalp. 162
Alternative Religions and Psip. 171
Institutions and the Paranormalp. 178
Anti-structure and the History of Psychical Researchp. 191
Unbounded Conditionsp. 210
Government Disinformationp. 219
Hoaxes and the Paranormalp. 247
Overviewp. 273
Reflexivity and the Tricksterp. 277
Laboratory Research on Psip. 309
Totemism and the Primitive Mindp. 344
Literary Criticism, Meaning, and the Tricksterp. 368
Overviewp. 393
The Imaginationp. 395
Paranoiap. 413
Conclusionsp. 422
Endnotesp. 433
Referencesp. 481
Indexp. 535
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