Black Magic and Bogeymen. Fear, Rumour and Popular belief in Northern Ireland 1972-74.
By Richard Jenkins
This book gives insight into a particular grim period during the early 1970s in Northern Ireland using an extremely unusual episode - the black maid rumours - 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 if social history, the author also demonstrates that phenomena like black magic rumours cannot be understood without taking a multidisciplinary approach, taking in perspectives and comparative evidence from anthropology, sociology, folklore and media studies.
This book review appeared in Stylus: Trade, Academic, and Professional Books - Fall 2014, book catalogue. For more information about, and to place an order of "Black Magic and Bogeymen," please check Stylus/Cork University Press website.
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