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They Know Us Better Than We Know Ourselves: The History and Politics of Alien Abduction

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Since its emergence in the 1960s, belief in alien abduction has saturated popular culture, with the ubiquitous image of the almond-eyed alien appearing on everything from bumper stickers to bars of soap. Drawing on interviews with alleged abductees from the New York area, Bridget Brown suggests a new way for people to think about the alien phenomenon, one that is concerned ...more
Paperback, 247 pages
Published August 1st 2007 by New York University Press
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Cynde Moya
Jul 31, 2011 Cynde Moya rated it it was amazing
She looks critically at the progression themes in alien abduction stories. Her thesis is that abduction narratives express a deep feeling of human impotence and powerlessness against the faceless, unopposable, inevitable influence of globalization on all our lives.
I enjoyed her use of classic abduction narratives, starting with Betty and Barney Hill, Betty Andreasson, Whitley Streiber, etc. She also looks deeply into the hypnotists and others behind the stories; examining the role of players lik
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Craig Shields
An anthropological investigation of the alien abduction phenomenon, which casts it as a response to various global, governmental, and social crises of the late twentieth century. Very academic and a little weighty, but with that comes the depth to which the author explores her thesis. Brown remains skeptical to the truth claims of abductees, focusing on interpretation and analysis instead of debunking. The chapters on the intersection of alien abduction and conspiracy theory are of particular no ...more
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