By Gillian Bennett
"Bennett interviewed ladies in Manchester, England, asking them approximately ghosts and different supernatural studies and ideology. (Her dialogue of ways her learn tools and interview strategies developed is in itself valuable.) She first released the result of the learn within the well-received Traditions of trust: ladies and the Supernatural, which has been used the world over in folklore, women's reports, and different classes. "Alas, negative Ghost!" completely revises and expands that paintings. as well as a fuller presentation and research of the unique box learn, the writer has up to date the textual content to include newer reports and assisted via Kate Bennett, a gerontological psychologist, analyzed new study with a gaggle of girls in Leicester, England. This final addition specializes in the function of bereavement and witnessing involved with the dead."--BOOK JACKET.
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The terms "ghost" and "haunting" will be reserved for threatening encounters. The graphs show that the Manchester women were highly likely to accept traditional beliefs about visitations from the dead, premonitions, omens, and telepathy. " When fortune-telling and astrology were discussed, however, the picture changed. Here, the skeptics were numerically stronger. It is certainly curious that many who were happy to profess belief in omens, premonitions, and the return of the dead were reluctant to give credit to beliefs that one might have thought were more acceptable and less extreme manifestations of a supernaturalist world view.
Such beliefs, held in bundles together, may even appear contradictory if spelled out and analysed logically. (1997, 151) There is some truth in that, of course, and to an extent that appears to be happening in this case. However, I believe there is a logic to this apparently contradictory position. By listening to all the conversation recorded on the interview tapes, it is possible to pick up a very good general picture of the mental furniture the women carry round with them, and this is most instructive when trying to understand the whys and wherefores of belief.
The research we discuss is part of a larger ongoing project on widows' and widowers' health, life-styles, and experiences (this is described in more detail in chapter 3 and appendix 1). At my request, she added a question about the "sense of presence," which is a very common feeling after a bereavement, to an early interview schedule. Chapter 3 is therefore a joint presentation. Together, we discuss the experience of bereavement and the sense of presence, which we believe are basic contexts for vernacular beliefs about personal contact with the dead.
Alas Poor Ghost by Gillian Bennett