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UFOs, Conspiracy Theories and the New Age

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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 groun... Weiterlesen
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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 Lecturer in Religious Studies at the Open University, UK. He is co-founder of the Religious Studies Project, and co-editor of the journal Implicit Religion. His work applies critical theory to the study of alternative and emerging religions, "conspiracy theory" narratives and the disciplinary history of the study of religions. He is the author of UFOs, the New Age and Conspiracy Theories (Bloomsbury, 2016) and co-editor of After World Religions: Reconstructing Religious Studies (2016) and the Handbook of Conspiracy Theories and Contemporary Religion (2018).


List of Illustrations

Prologue: 'And the Truth Shall Set You Free'
1. Introduction: Aquarian Conspiracies
2. Approaching Millennial Conspiracism
3. 'Trust No-One': UFOs, Conspiracism and Popular Millennialism during the Cold War, 1947-87
4. Occulted Histories: Whitley Strieber and the Abductee Narrative
5. 'Problem-Reaction-Solution': David Icke and the Reptilian Thesis
6. 'The Science of Oneness': David Wilcock and '2012' Millennialism
7. The Counter-Elite/A Theodicy of the Dispossessed



Titel: UFOs, Conspiracy Theories and the New Age
Untertitel: Millennial Conspiracism
EAN: 9781474253215
ISBN: 978-1-4742-5321-5
Digitaler Kopierschutz: Adobe-DRM
Format: E-Book (pdf)
Herausgeber: Bloomsbury Usa
Genre: Religion, Theologie
Anzahl Seiten: 256
Veröffentlichung: 25.02.2016
Jahr: 2016
Untertitel: Englisch