Social and Religious Dimensions of Extraterrestrial Contact
Edited by Diana G. Tumminia
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Alien Worlds by Diana G. Tumminia
Book DescriptionThis intriguing collection of essays presents reflections upon the birth, proliferation, enduring appeal, and future of extraterrestrial mythology. Highly respected authors and researchers representing the varied and sometimes competing perspectives of ufology and the sociology of religion provide a fascinating and instructive voyage into the social worlds of UFOs, abductees, and contactees. Reports of aliens and the changing nature of abduction experience, even its sexual dimension, are explored in relation to literature, cultural practices, and ideology. The influence of abduction therapy and support groups is considered, as are New Religious Movements with extraterrestrial themes. "Alien Worlds" will enlighten anyone wanting to understand what and how the academic world thinks about UFOs, contactee groups, and alien phenomena.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780815608585
(254mm x 178mm x 27mm)
Imprint: Syracuse University Press
Publisher: Syracuse University Press
Publish Date: 15-Jun-2007
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Diana G. Tumminia
When Prophecy Never Fails, Hardback (June 2005)» View all books by Diana G. Tumminia
Of the approximately fifty percent of Americans who believe in UFOs, a fraction are devotees of one of the numerous UFO-based new religious movements. The Unarius Academy of Science is one of the oldest of these groups, and this is the first in-depth study of any UFO religion.
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Author Biography - Diana G. Tumminia
Diana G. Tumminia teaches sociology at California State University, Sacramento. She is author of When Prophecy Never Fails: Myth and Reality in a Flying-Saucer Group.
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