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UFOs, conspiracy theories and the new age : millennial conspiracism

Author: David G Robertson
Publisher: London ; New York : Bloomsbury Academic, An imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, 2016.
Series: Bloomsbury advances in religious studies.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Named Person: Whitley Strieber; David Icke; David Wilcock; David Icke; Whitley Strieber; David Wilcock
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David G Robertson
ISBN: 9781474253208 1474253202 9781350044982 1350044989
OCLC Number: 910412805
Description: 250 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Contents: 'And the Truth Shall Set You Free' --
Aquarian Conspiracies --
Approaching Millennial Conspiracism --
'Trust No-One': UFOs, Conspiracism and Popular Millennialism during the Cold War (1947-87) --
Occulted History: Whitley Strieber and the Abductee Narrative --
'Problem-Reaction-Solution': David Icke and the Reptilian Thesis --
'The Science of Oneness': David Wilcock and '2012' Millennialism --
The Counter-Elite: a Theodicy of the Dispossessed.
Series Title: Bloomsbury advances in religious studies.
Responsibility: David G. Robertson.

Abstract:

"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"--
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Robertson does an excellent job unpacking and narrating the complicated story of the emergence of the "2012 phenomenon," as well as demonstrating how [David] Wilcock has engaged the rhetoric of Read more...

 
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