Alas Poor Ghost by Gillian Bennett

By Gillian Bennett

"Bennett interviewed girls in Manchester, England, asking them approximately ghosts and different supernatural studies and ideology. (Her dialogue of ways her examine equipment and interview strategies advanced is in itself valuable.) She first released the result of the research within the well-received Traditions of trust: girls and the Supernatural, which has been used the world over in folklore, women's reports, and different classes. "Alas, terrible Ghost!" completely revises and expands that paintings. as well as a fuller presentation and research of the unique box examine, the writer has up-to-date the textual content to include newer experiences and assisted by way of Kate Bennett, a gerontological psychologist, analyzed new study with a gaggle of ladies in Leicester, England. This final addition makes a speciality of the function of bereavement and witnessing involved with the dead."--BOOK JACKET.

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As soon as I took to speaking in vague fashion about "the mysterious side of life," people relented; they began to show decided interest and were eager to talk. " Following these linguistic clues, from then on I talked about "things in houses" and experiences where dead parents and husbands "come to" the living. Douglas Davies and his colleagues similarly had to adapt their terminology for the Rural Churches Project. Discussing their attempts to frame a meaningful question about reincarnation, Davies remarks: "It may be that those using the word do so by placing their own meaning upon it .

6 percent strenously denied it. It appears, therefore, that social factors may be important in predisposing some people to belief in the continued presence and influence of the dead, and that perhaps the single most significant aspect of these social parameters may be devotion to family and family life. There is evidence that women who put a high value on personal relationships will be reluctant to give them up even when death intervenes, and that they see the relationships of mutual loveparent and child, husband and wifecontinuing even when one of the partners is dead.

Such statements betray a concept of history in which civilization is a process of movement (as they see it, "upward" movement) from a supernatural world view to a materialist one (or as they would term it, from superstition to rationality). There is no real evidence, however, for evolutionary assumptions as applied to society and culture, and there is certainly no evidence that rationalism and materialism are the evolutionary end point of civilization. So such statements may be based on no more than the prejudices of the authors and an assumption that the progression of society will of course lead towards abandoning belief in ghosts.

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