Black Magic and Bogeymen: Fear, Rumour and Popular Belief in the North of Ireland 1972-74

Black Magic and Bogeymen: Fear, Rumour and Popular Belief in the North of Ireland 1972-74

by Richard Jenkins


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This book gives insight into a particularly grim period during the early 1970s in Northern Ireland using an extremely unusual episode—the black magic rumors—as a privileged window onto a world that may now be behind us, but which continues to fascinate many readers. Providing a fascinating insight into some of the problems and procedures of social history, the author also demonstrates that phenomena like the black magic rumors cannot be understood without taking a multidisciplinary approach, taking in perspectives and comparative evidence from anthropology, sociology, folklore and media studies.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781782050964
Publisher: Cork University Press
Publication date: 09/30/2014
Pages: 300
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Richard Jenkins is Professor of Sociology at the University of Sheffield, UK. Trained as an anthropologist he has done research in Ireland, Britain and Denmark. Among his other books are Foundations of Sociology (2002), Pierre Bourdieu (2nd edition 2002), Rethinking Ethnicity (2nd edition 2008) and Social Identity (3rd edition 2808).

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vii

Quotations ix

Prologue xi

1 Dark Rumours, Dark Deeds 1

2 Public Issues and Private Fears 25

3 Tangible Evidence 41

4 A Ghastly and Gruesome Fate 55

5 Black Magic, Black Propaganda 69

6 Professionals and Amateurs 94

7 Devil Worship Feared in Locality 111

8 The Other World 142

9 So Much Trouble 165

10 Black Magic and Armageddon 188

11 The Devil and All His Works 215

12 The End of the Scare 235

Notes and References 259

Bibliography 273

Index 283

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