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Spooky Side of Research

Research on ghost hunters and psychics by AAA member Misty Bastian and her student assistant Jessica Garber is featured in today’s Inside Higher Ed. Writer Jack Stripling says:

While it might be easy to write off ghost hunters and psychics as delusional at best or charlatans at worst, Bastian sees a community worthy of further study. Indeed, the themes she’s watched playing out on the popular television show “Ghost Hunters” aren’t too far afield from those that have engaged anthropologists for a long time.

“These are classical questions in anthropology,” she says. “I’m talking about work; I’m talking about religion; I’m talking about the concept of power.”

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