Publisher: University of California Press; First Edition edition (March 27, 2001)
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alien craft phenomena entered American cognizance in the beginning of the chilly warfare, whilst studies from astonished witnesses of encounters with unknown aerial items captured the eye of the U.S. army and the mind's eye of the click and the general public. but if UFOs seemed to not be antagonistic, and while a few scientists reported the sightings to be of ordinary meteorological phenomena misidentified because of "Cold battle jitters," army curiosity declined sharply and, with it, extra overt clinical curiosity. but sighting stories did not cease and UFOs entered the general public mind's eye as a cultural fable of the 20 th century. Brenda Denzler's complete, essentially written, and compelling narrative presents the 1st sustained evaluate and valuation of the UFO/alien abduction circulate as a social phenomenon situated among clinical and non secular views. Demonstrating the original position ufology occupies within the twentieth-century nexus among technology and faith, Denzler surveys the sociological contours of its neighborhood, assesses its continual try to in achieving medical legitimacy, and concludes with an exam of the movement's metaphysical or non secular outlook. Her publication is a considerable contribution to our figuring out of yankee pop culture and the limits of yank faith and to the controversy concerning the nature of technological know-how and religion.Denzler offers a radical and interesting historical past of the UFO/abduction circulate and strains the tensions among those people who are deeply ambivalent approximately abduction narratives that likely erode their quest for medical credibility, and the turning out to be cultural strength of these who declare to were kidnapped. She locates the phenomenon in the context of yank non secular historical past and, utilizing information amassed in surveys, sheds new gentle at the social profile of those flying saucers groups. The entice of the sting succeeds brilliantly in repositioning a cultural phenomenon thought of by way of many to be strange and marginal right into a principal debate concerning the nature of technological know-how, know-how, and the construction of a contemporary delusion.