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Abstract: All societies have recorded, in one form or another, anomalies that impacted on life and culture. Whether these anomalies were attributed to the intervention of spiritual entities, magical powers, or a mixture of exotic natural phenomena compounded with superstitious beliefs, the indisputable fact remains that anomalistic events also have a social dimension. Starting with the nineteenth century, a number of serious researchers looked into various forms of anomalies and, during the twentieth century, the discipline of parapsychology emerged to become a more unified research effort to understand anomalies. Yet, most of those who looked into these anomalies were essentially limiting their analysis to the individual experience; the social dimension was often forgotten. This paper proposes a way forward to bridge the disparities that exist between socially-relevant anomalistic events and their rigorous study through approaches that are compatible with the findings of modern parapsychology.

To cite this article: Ouellet, Eric. Social Psi and Parasociology [online]. Australian Journal of Parapsychology, Vol. 11, No. 1, June 2011: 73-88. Availability: <;dn=417821042917763;res=IELHSS> ISSN: 1445-2308. [cited 29 Jun 17].

Personal Author: Ouellet, Eric; Source: Australian Journal of Parapsychology, Vol. 11, No. 1, June 2011: 73-88 DOI: Document Type: Journal Article ISSN: 1445-2308 Subject: Parapsychology; Social sciences; Unidentified flying objects; Peer Reviewed: Yes Affiliation: (1) Department of Defence Studies, Canadian Forces College, Royal Military College of Canada, National Defence, 215 Yonge, Boulevard, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5M 3H9, email:

Database: Humanities & Social Sciences Collection