Alas Poor Ghost

Alas Poor Ghost Bennett interviewed women in Manchester England asking them about ghosts and other supernatural experiences and beliefs Her discussion of how her research methods and interview techniques evolved is

  • Title: Alas Poor Ghost
  • Author: Gillian Bennett
  • ISBN: 9780874212778
  • Page: 263
  • Format: Paperback
  • Bennett interviewed women in Manchester, England, asking them about ghosts and other supernatural experiences and beliefs Her discussion of how her research methods and interview techniques evolved is in itself valuable She first published the results of the study in the well received Traditions of Belief Women and the Supernatural, which has been used internationall Bennett interviewed women in Manchester, England, asking them about ghosts and other supernatural experiences and beliefs Her discussion of how her research methods and interview techniques evolved is in itself valuable She first published the results of the study in the well received Traditions of Belief Women and the Supernatural, which has been used internationally in folklore, women s studies, and other courses Alas, Poor Ghost thoroughly revises and expands that work In addition to a fuller presentation and analysis of the original field research, the author has updated the text to incorporate recent studies and assisted by Kate Bennett, a gerontological psychologist, analyzed new research with a group of women in Leicester, England This last addition focuses on the role of bereavement and witnessing in contact with the dead

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    1. Bennett's book is part of what might be called--in honor of Bill Ellis--the Fortean turn in folklore, along with some others that are still on my shelves. This work really was a response to (or continuation of) David Hufford's groundbreaking "The Terror that Comes in the Night," which took seriously the stories told about "old hags" and even proposed a medical reason for these events. Bennett follows in this tradition by accepting the possibility of ghosts. She is not an advocate, but she is wil [...]

    2. This is not a book by either a believer or a die-hard skeptic, apparently, but by a folklorist, less concerned with whether people's beliefs are true, than the fact of their belief in the first place. As such it's a look at how individual tales of encounters with the deceased tend to appear, what shapes they take, what beliefs about the afterlife and ghosts these tales reveal. Interesting book, compiled from a series of interviews with women predominately over 60. One of the more interesting fin [...]

    3. The best thing about folklore to me are the stories themselves; it can be interesting to see how the stories relate to the cultures around them. This book, however, was more of a case study of a group of woman and the supernatural experiences they had, but instead of focusing on the stories and their cultural impact, the author spent most of the time describing the contextual information about how the stories were recorded

    4. An interesting study of people's belief and experience with ghosts/spirits. It talks about the role of grief in these experiences and also the role of folk belief in ghosts. A short read but very interesting.

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