The Language of Mediums and Psychics: The Social Organization of Everyday Miracles

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Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2006 - Social Science - 221 pages
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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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Contents

Psychic Practitioners and Social Science
25
Analysing the Organization of Successful
47
The Collaborative Production of Paranormal
77
The Inferential Production of Identity in Mediums
111
Trouble Management
133
The Spirits and Trouble Management
161
Communication and Anomalous Experiences
185
References
199
Index
217
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Robin Wooffitt is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of York, UK. He has authored and co-authored five other books. He has also published in Sociology, The British Journal of Social Psychology, Text, Discourse Studies, the Journal of Language and Social Psychology, The Journal of Parapsychology and The European Journal of Parapsychology.

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