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The language of mediums and psychics; the social organization of everyday miracles.

9780754642022

The language of mediums and psychics; the social organization of everyday miracles.

Wooffitt, Robin.

Ashgate Publishing Co.

2006

221 pages

$99.95

Hardcover

BF1031

Wooffitt (sociology, U. of York) examines the cultural, social and psychological significance of claims of paranormal experiences by both practitioners and clients by using conversation analysis to evaluate how such claims are advanced and received. He describes the place of psychic practitioners in contemporary society and why they appeal to so many people, and their place in social science as managers of information. Using transcripts of sessions he then analyzes how practitioners verbally organize successful demonstrations of paranormal cognition and shows how such productions are collaborative, how mediums achieve an inferential production of identity, how they manage trouble, the role of what may be called "spirits" in managing trouble, and the importance of communication in anomalous experience.

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