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Of Flying Saucers and Social Scientists: A Re-Reading of When Prophecy Fails and of Cognitive Dissonance


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Introduction: The Issue of the Scale of the Event—One Object or Three Parties?

  3. The Presuppositions of the Various Parties

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 5-5
    2. Timothy Jenkins
      Pages 6-16
    3. Timothy Jenkins
      Pages 17-35
    4. Timothy Jenkins
      Pages 36-45
  4. The Events and Their Rationale

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 46-46
    2. Timothy Jenkins
      Pages 47-66
    3. Timothy Jenkins
      Pages 67-83
    4. Timothy Jenkins
      Pages 84-89
    5. Timothy Jenkins
      Pages 90-93
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 94-100

About this book


What happens when prophecies fail? Timothy Jenkins' re-reading of Leon Festinger's classic work on "cognitive dissonance" seeks to answer this question by studying a 50s doomsday group. This volume explores the relations between anthropology and psychology, and between social scientific and natural scientific accounts of human behavior.


anthropology behavior dialogue human behavior language Leon Festinger press psychology science sociology work

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of CambridgeUS

About the authors

Timothy Jenkins is a Reader in Anthropology and Religion, University of Cambridge

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