Alas Poor Ghost by Gillian Bennett

By Gillian Bennett

"Bennett interviewed ladies in Manchester, England, asking them approximately ghosts and different supernatural reviews and ideology. (Her dialogue of ways her study tools and interview options advanced is in itself valuable.) She first released the result of the learn within the well-received Traditions of trust: girls and the Supernatural, which has been used the world over in folklore, women's experiences, and different classes. "Alas, negative Ghost!" completely revises and expands that paintings. as well as a fuller presentation and research of the unique box learn, the writer has up to date the textual content to include more moderen reviews and assisted via Kate Bennett, a gerontological psychologist, analyzed new study with a bunch of girls in Leicester, England. This final addition specializes in the position of bereavement and witnessing involved with the dead."--BOOK JACKET.

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Historians and psychologists have hastened to assure us that "for the most part, the dead have little status or power in modern society" (Blauner 1966, 390), that "the social function of belief in ghosts is obviously much diminished and so is their extent" (Thomas 1971, 605), and that "ever since [the] age of enlightenment, percipients in . . much of Western Europe, have attributed to the dead an ever-diminishing social role" (Finucane 1982, 222). Such statements betray a concept of history in which civilization is a process of movement (as they see it, "upward" movement) from a supernatural world view to a materialist one (or as they would term it, from superstition to rationality).

Belief and Disbelief 9 Is Belief in the Supernatural Declining? 9 Telling It Slant 14 Patterns of Belief 17 Order in Chaos 25 Family Love 28 Competing Cultures 31 Chapter 2. Contact with the Dead 39 Life after Death 39 Ghosts and Hauntings 42 Visitations 49 Cause, Consequence, and Lack Liquidated 51 Delving 66 Summary 75 Chapter 3. Witnesses, Bereavement, and the Sense of Presence (with Kate Bennett) 77 Witnesses 77 Bereavement 81 The Sense of Presence 95 Conclusion 111 Page vii Chapter 4. From Private Experience to Public Performance Supernatural Experience as Narrative 115 Belief and Disbelief: Patterns of Narration 118 Story Dialectic: The Imaginary Judge and Jury 124 In Brief 137 Chapter 5.

One would like to see some evidence before accepting this point of view. It must also be remembered that many or most writers have relied on written accounts for their portrait of supernatural beliefs. These may be literature, the classics, or local histories. Folklorists (also on the whole locked into the rationalist intellectual tradition) have compounded the impression by printing collections of readable but unbelievable legends and calling them the "folklore" Page 10 of the supernatural. If researchers rely solely on accounts like these, they get a very mixed bag of unlikely manifestations which defy belief.

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