The Lure of the Edge: Scientific Passions, Religious Beliefs and the Pursuit of UFOs by Brenda Denzler (Paperback, 2003)
Brand newLOWEST PRICE
- AU $40.63Free postage
- Brand new condition
- Sold by books2anywhereuk
- See details for delivery est.
- AU $32.44+ AU $4.99 postage
- Good condition
- Sold by whattaplace
- See details for delivery est.
All listings for this product
About this product
- DescriptionUFO phemena entered American consciousness at the beginning of the Cold War, when reports from astonished witnesses of encounters with unkwn aerial objects captured the attention of the United States military and the imagination of the press and the public. But when UFOs appeared t to be hostile, and when some scientists prounced the sightings to be of natural meteorological phemena misidentified due to 'Cold War jitters,' military interest declined sharply and, with it, further overt scientific interest. Yet sighting reports didn't stop and UFOs entered the public imagination as a cultural myth of the twentieth century. Brenda Denzler's comprehensive, clearly written, and compelling narrative provides the first sustained overview and valuation of the UFO/alien abduction movement as a social phemen positioned between scientific and religious perspectives. Demonstrating the unique place ufology occupies in the twentieth-century nexus between science and religion, Denzler surveys the sociological contours of its community, assesses its persistent attempt to achieve scientific legitimacy, and concludes with an examination of the movement's metaphysical or spiritual outlook. Her book is a substantial contribution to our understanding of American popular culture and the boundaries of American religion and to the debate about the nature of science and religion. Denzler presents a thorough and fascinating history of the UFO/abduction movement and traces the tensions between those who are deeply ambivalent about abduction narratives that seemingly erode their quest for scientific credibility, and the growing cultural power of those who claim to have been abducted. She locates the phemen within the context of American religious history and, using data gathered in surveys, sheds new light on the social profile of these UFO communities. The Lure of the Edge succeeds brilliantly in repositioning a cultural phemen considered by many to be bizarre and marginal into a central debate about the nature of science, techlogy, and the production of a modern myth.
- Author BiographyBrenda Denzler received her Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Duke University and currently works in North Carolina as a writer and editor.
- Author(s)Brenda Denzler
- PublisherUniversity of California Press
- Date of Publication01/06/2003
- SubjectPopular Science
- Place of PublicationBerkerley
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of California Press
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight454 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine19 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
Best-selling in Textbooks
Save on Textbooks
- AU $37.99Trending at AU $71.74
- AU $68.00Trending at AU $71.89
- AU $68.00Trending at AU $70.83
- AU $100.89Trending at AU $103.55
- AU $68.00Trending at AU $81.04
- AU $99.99Trending at AU $112.67
- AU $92.78Trending at AU $105.44
This item doesn't belong on this page.
Thanks, we'll look into this.