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Ghostly Matters: Haunting and the Sociological Imagination 2nd Edition

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Univ Of Minnesota Press; 2nd edition (February 29, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0816654468
  • ISBN-13: 978-0816654468
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #161,231 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I find Ghostly Matters a brilliant, useful, and (hauntingly) beautiful book. I especially appreciate the way Gordon brings together ostensibly disparate approaches and subjects (sociology and literary studies, the material and the spiritual, Argentina's "disappeared" and slavery in the U.S., and different kinds of writing in her own text) to call into question our conventional ways of seeing, to bring back those whom History and "just the Facts, ma'am" have tried to bury or relegate to permanent shadow. I'm going to give this book as a holiday present to everyone I love who hasn't read it already.
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Quibble (as many well) with the specifics of particular examples, or the choice of them, Gordon's crucial conceptual leap is to explain the supernatural in terms of the psychology of anxiety, hallucination, and ultimately, religion and myth. Her work adds a critical, and unifying, piece to the work of Joseph Campbell, Sigmund Freud and others which ultimately go to the underlying workings of the human mind and the bases of consciousness.
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Avery Gordon is, by far, one of brightest and best social theorists. Her examination of haunting and ghosts is worthwhile to anyone interested in how power functions in the postmodern world.
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Gordon's passion for literature goes beyond admiration; she chooses to look closely into two fiction pieces to study our past; ghosts that haunts us. And why fiction? Any literary piece is part of a larger body of general knowledge and it's as a result of the influences that the authors have had in their lives and the ways they read/remember us hence becoming a collective intellect that takes us to where we were/are and might want to go.
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One of the most enjoyable pieces of theory writing I have read for a long time. A beautiful way of using language to enter into new forms of understanding our dilemmas and difficulties. Ghostly Matters is as much literature as it is a critical view on our known forms of constructing knowledge.
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