Introduction; chapter 1: Defining the paranormal; chapter 2: A history of controversy; chapter 3: The players in the contemporary debate; chapter 4: Becoming a participant; chapter 5: The discursive basis of conflict; chapter 6: Strategic action in the debate; chapter 7: The possibility of a positive dialogue
"The author gives an even-handed discussion of the strategies people use to demonise their chosen Others ... This book ... will help readers navigate rough waters in the quest for big truths." -- Michael Grosso Times Higher Education Supplement "Northcote should be praised for his courage and integrity to pursue such a risky subject matter ... In a highly focused manner, Northcote takes us from the fear of secret societies in the seventeenth century to the societal psychological distress caused by alienating behaviors of those who control the discourse of this debate." -- Chris Rawls Metapsychology "The interest of this book is that it shows how the debate is rooted in wider discursive formations that have come to underlie Western thinking more generally. This book provides a very interesting discussion of the politics of truth in this field." -- David Lorimer Network Review (Summer 2008) "There is an appropriate measure of humility ... this tone pervades the entire book, in contrast to more annoyingly self-certain interpretive approaches towards which we should be skeptical instictively. ... an unusually enjoyable and enlightening book that i would recommend to anyone interested in either social aspects of the paranormal, or discourse conflict more generally." -- Barry Markovsky Contemporary Sociology, 37, 5. "We are inclined to think that the facts speak for themselves, but collected, they speak plainer. [Northcote's] book enables them to do that and us to broaden our perceptions, and I commend it to members, and even more to sceptics." -- Chris Bratcher Journal of the Society for Psychical Research, Vol. 73.1, No. 894.