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Ironside2021
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Key Ironside2021
Author(s) Rachael Ironside, Robin Wooffitt
Title Making Sense of the Paranormal: The Interactional Construction of Unexplained Experiences
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Tag(s) EMCA, Paranormal
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Year 2021
Language English
City Cham
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Pages 144
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DOI 10.1007/978-3-030-88407-9
ISBN 978-3-030-88406-2
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Abstract

This book is a study of how people collaboratively interpret events or experiences as having paranormal features, or as evidence of spiritual agency. The authors study recordings of paranormal research groups as they conduct real life investigations into allegedly haunted spaces and the analyses describe how, through their talk and embodied actions, participants collaboratively negotiate the paranormal status of the events they experience. By drawing on the study of the social organisation in everyday interaction, they show how paranormal interpretations may be proposed, contested and negotiated through conversational and embodied practices of the group.

The book contributes to the sociology of anomalous experience, and explores its relevance to other social science topics such as dark tourism, participation in religious spaces and practices, and the attribution of agency. This book will therefore be of interest to academics and postgraduate researchers of language and social interaction; discourse and communication, cultural studies; social psychology, sociology of religious experience; parapsychology, communication and psychotherapy.

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