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Author Brown, Bridget, Ph. D.

Title They know us better than we know ourselves : the history and politics of alien abduction / Bridget Brown.

Imprint New York : New York University Press, c2007.


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Axe 3rd Floor Stacks  001.942 B812t 2007    ---  Available
Description vii, 247 p. : ill., map ; 23 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. 239-242) and index.
Contents Elusive shreds of memory : the trauma and recovery of alien abduction -- The invisible epidemic : abduction traumatists -- Good subjects : submitting to the alien -- My body is not my own : the intimate invasion of alien technology -- An ongoing and systematic breeding experiment -- They have the secrets : conspiracy theory as alternative history -- This is worse than friggin' aliens : conspiracy theory and the war against citizens -- Look and see what you have done : abductees and the burden of global consciousness -- You have a sensitivity : the limits of chosenness -- Reality gets exploded : abductee culture, abductee belief -- Conclusion: Alien abduction and the new face of terror.
Summary They Know Us Better Than We Know Ourselves looks at how the belief in abduction by extraterrestrials is constituted by and through popular discourse and the images provided by print, film, and television. Brown contends that the abduction phenomenon is symptomatic of a period during which people have come to feel increasingly divested of the ability to know what is real or true about themselves and the world in which they live. The alien abduction phenomenon helps us think about how people who feel left out create their own stories and fashion truths that square with their own experience of the world.
Subject Alien abduction.
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