The Language of Mediums and Psychics: The Social Organization of Everyday Miracles
Communication is crucial to the performance of psychic powers in a range of settings. Using conversation analysis, Robin Wooffitt examines the structure of the interaction between psychic practitioners and their clients, focusing on the ways in which the authenticity of the claimed paranormal powers is established. This highly original study raises important issues about the role of social science in understanding the activities of psychic practitioners and other kinds of parapsychological phenomena.
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