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Zombology: Zombies and the Decline of the West (and Guns) [Kindle Edition]

Brian Anse Patrick
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The zombie phenomenon represents a disturbance in the Western Collective Unconscious caused by mass anxiety over the widely perceived decline of Western Civilization. The ravening zombie has emerged as a dominant archetype of our times, accessible to everyone, intuitively comprehensible, largely replacing the religious motifs that at one time spiritually informed Western Culture. The ultimate Death's head symbol, the zombie haunts our dreams and mass entertainments. Zombie anxiety drives much modern thought and behavior.

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  • File Size: 692 KB
  • Print Length: 182 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Goatpower Publishing; e-Edition edition (September 2, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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5.0 out of 5 stars Zombology - Brief Summary and Review November 21, 2014
In a quote taken from Alan Ball, the American screenwriter and director, Ball contends, “legends of supernatural mythic things are really just a manifestation of the collective unconscious…that’s just human nature” (Ball). Ball references the collective unconscious, a psychological term (coined by Carl Jung), which refers to the part of the unconscious mind that is shared by a societal group. This basic premise of a collective or group unconscious mind, gives way to the term collective anxiety, which represents a state of shared anxiety, induced by communal beliefs and external stressors. If Ball’s analysis of mythical and supernatural beings rings true, than humans have experienced the supernatural manifestation of the collective unconscious and collective fears, for hundreds of years. Consider the appearance of UFOs, the sightings of signs from the Virgin Mary and, most recently, the appearance of zombies, in the mainstream media. In Zombology: Zombies and the Decline of the West (and Guns), Brian Anse Patrick draws intriguing comparisons between the collective mind/anxieties of the Western population, as the West continues to decline, and the emergence of zombies, in popular media. Many of the concepts, presented within Patrick’s work, draw upon the theories of Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud, who held differing ideals concerning the unconscious mind and human psyche. Therefore to effectively examine the zombie comparisons, drawn by Patrick, I shall first analyze the ideas of Jung and Freud. This analysis will then be followed by an evaluation of how supernatural beings are manifested through the collective unconscious, including the arrival of the modern zombie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thought-provoking and worth the read! November 13, 2014
I will say, this book seemed really bizarre at first, but it has a LOT of different theories which I think are worth looking into and thinking about. Being Catholic myself, I enjoyed the section on BMV sightings and transubstantiation, then relating it to zombies. Strange stuff about the collective unconsciousness, but I definitely think it's a real thing. When your culture or mass society grabs onto an idea unconsciously, it spreads like wildfire (thus, the plethora of zombie examples) because collectively, everyone unconsciously sees and feels the same unconscious thoughts. I think this book was well worth the read, even if just for the ideas and brain food (zombie pun!) to think about our society and really analyze what's happening. Two thumbs up for this book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best analysis of current Western culture I have read December 1, 2014
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This is a great read!
This book offers a deep, thought-through analysis of society and the symbols used, the reasoning behind those symbols, and what does it mean for the average citizen to try and create a meaningful life among those symbols. Zombies give answers for all of those questions.
Western society is in inevitable decline. There is, however, hope! The book concludes on a positive note, from which I picked out my favorite quote of the book, and favorite paragraph I have read in a while: “Create something. Anything. Dig a hole if that’s what you like to do, but a nice hole that suits you, in a location where there simply needs to be a hole.” (164).
Definitely recommended!
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Brian Anse Patrick

Professor of Communication, University of Toledo

B.A., University of Detroit
M.A., University of Detroit
Ph.D. University of Michigan
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