UFOs, Conspiracy Theories and the New Age: Millennial Conspiracism

February 25, 2016|
UFOs, Conspiracy Theories and the New Age: Millennial Conspiracism by David G. Robertson
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How-and why- were UFOs so prevalent in both conspiracy theories and the New Age milieu in the post-Cold War period? In this ground-breaking book, David G. Robertson argues that UFOs symbolized an uncertainty about the boundaries between scientific knowledge and other ways of validating knowledge, and thus became part of a shared vocabulary. Through historical and ethnographic case studies of three prominent figures-novelist and abductee Whitley Strieber; environmentalist and reptilian proponent David Icke; and David Wilcock, alleged reincarnation of Edgar Cayce-the investigation reveals that millennial conspiracism offers an explanation as to why the prophesied New Age failed to arrive-it was prevented from arriving by malevolent, hidden others. Yet millennial conspiracism constructs a counter-elite, a gnostic third party defined by their special knowledge. An overview of the development of UFO subcultures from the perspective of religious studies, UFOs, Conspiracy Theories and the New Age is an innovative application of discourse analysis to the study of present day alternative religion.
David G. Robertson is Co-Editor-In-Chief of the Religious Studies Project and a committee member of the British Association for the Study of Religion. He teaches at the University of Edinburgh and has published widely on new religions, millennialism, conspiracy theories and critical theory. He recently guest-edited a special issue of N...
Title:UFOs, Conspiracy Theories and the New Age: Millennial ConspiracismFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:264 pages, 9 X 6 X 0.98 inShipping dimensions:264 pages, 9 X 6 X 0.98 inPublished:25 février 2016Publisher:BloomsburyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1474253202

ISBN - 13:9781474253208

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