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Hauntings and Poltergeists: Multidisciplinary Perspectives Hardcover – August, 2001


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company (August 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786409843
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786409846
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 8.8 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,403,571 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Provides a multidisciplinary collection of articles...provocative...all collections supporting study in this area of psychology --Choice

Very important…essential and indispensable --Cuadernos de Parapsicologia

Should be on the shelves of anyone with a serious interest in the topic of ghosts and poltergeists, whether the reader is a skeptic, agnostic or believer...fascinating...editors Houran and Lange have done a good job in assembling the contributing authors into a coherent presentation of the field...a very valuable and extensive bibliography --Australian Journal of Parapsychology

"Fascinating…very good…a lot of very interesting and potentially useful information." --Morbid Curiosity

'This book presents a thoughtful, well-balanced investigation of a subject that should be of vital interest to all of us." --The Journal of Parapsychology --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

James Houran is on the faculty of Southern Illinois University's Department of Psychiatry. Rense Lange is a statistician with the Illinois State Board of Education and an adjunct faculty member of the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine (Psychiatry Department).

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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Psychology Fan on October 5, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This book is the only one of its kind, from my experience. It is an actual textbook devoted to the examination of ghosts, haunts, and poltergeists from a myriad of academic perspectives like history, anthropology, media studies, comparative literature, sociology, psychology, physiology, and parapsychology. Each discipline has its own chapter, and the chapters are arranged into three sections: Sociocultural Perspectives, Physical and Physiological Perspectives, and Psychological Perspectives. Unlike most books on ghosts, this one cuts through the spin and sensationalism to bring the reader authoritative information on what academia knows about these phenomena. Also, the book's chapters are written by the top researchers in the field. This book will set the standard for a long time to come. It is highly recommended reading for serious students and anyone interested in the science behind what appears to be "seance fiction."
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mariessa on November 4, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This is a real science book (so it takes some brains to read), so it is not for everyone. But, I thought it was cool because the content was diverse, balanced, and not hyped. It is pricey, but it is priced like textbooks. The best source there is!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ross Avilla on August 15, 2013
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I'm a psychology professor and have often been interested in this odd subsection of psychology. I absolutely loved this book, because it provided the best and most up-to-date science on the subject of ghosts. It was also really interesting to read about the science of ghosts from a sociology and literary perspective. Very enlightening!

This book is suited to anyone who wants to have a varied and scientifically grounded view of ghostly phenomena. While the book is written for an academic audience, you don't need to have a graduate degree in any of the social sciences to enjoy it. It's a great read! Interesting, well researched and inclusive of a lots of different scholastic fields and differing viewpoints.

Highly recommended!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By William L. Rose on November 20, 2009
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This book is great. Having worked in the paranormal field and seeing all the non-scientific books that are out there, this book is a must if you investigate or try to study paranormal occurences from a scientific or academic view. YOU NEED THIS BOOK IF YOU ARE A PARANORMAL INVESTIGATOR.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By bob on September 24, 2012
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Each chapter is written by different parapsychology researchers, so some chapters are more scientifically written than others. All the chapters are interesting, and some of the chapters are worth the price of the book by themselves (Chapter 6: Investigations of Poltergeists and Haunts by William Roll and Michael Persinger is extremely informative and well organized with interesting scientific analysis).
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