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The Encyclopedia of Extraordinary Social Behavior

The Encyclopedia of Extraordinary Social Behavior The Encyclopedia of Extraordinary Social Behavior (Anomaly Books, 2009)

with British Historian Hilary Evans. Foreword by Ben Aguirre, Professor of Sociology, University of Delaware (784 pages, 90 illustrations). 

An authoritative guide to the history of collective behaviour and social movements spanning more than two millennia, encompassing fads, crazes and manias, social delusions, scares, panics, riots and ‘cults.’  This massive collection of extraordinary behaviors attempts to place many episodes within their historical and cultural context.  This book can be used to teach collective behavior, deviance, social and perceptual psychology, sociology, history, folklore, religious studies, political science, social anthropology, gender studies, critical thinking, and mental health.

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Panic Attacks: Media Manipulation & Mass Delusion

Panic Attacks: Media Manipulation & Mass Delusion Panic Attacks: Media Manipulation & Mass Delusion

(Sutton Publishing, United Kingdom, 2004) with Hilary Evans. 

This book traces the history of tabloid journalism beginning with the Great Moon Hoax of 1835 perpetrated by the New York Sun newspaper, to contemporary scares involving Mad Cow disease and Terrorism. 

Hoaxes, Myths and Manias

Hoaxes, Myths, and Manias:  Why We Need Critical Thinking Bartholomew, Robert E., and Radford, Benjamin (February 2003).

Hoaxes, Myths, and Manias:  Why We Need Critical Thinking

(Benjamin Radford is an editor living in Amherst, New York).  Buffalo, New York:  Prometheus Books. 

Reviews of Hoaxes, Myths and Manias

“...you are certain to be amused and amazed in equal parts...an entertaining and enlightening book.”
--Professor Robert J. Sternberg, Yale University, then President of the American Psychological Association, writing in Psychology Today, 2003.

Exotic Deviance

Exotic Deviance: Medicalizing Cultural Idioms--From Strangeness to IllnessBartholomew, Robert E. (December 2000).

Exotic Deviance: Medicalizing Cultural Idioms--From Strangeness to Illness (University Press of Colorado).

Forward by Professor Peter Conrad, Chair, Sociology Department, Brandeis University.  This study contributes to the literature on the inappropriate placement of medical labels onto deviant behaviors.  It contains a reappraisal of the contemporary mainstream psychiatric status of the culture-specific "mental disorders" of koro and latah in parts of Asia, and the history-specific appearance of St. Vitus Dance in medieval Europe.  Using historical case studies of the literature under scrutiny, and in the case of latah, ethnographic observation, I demonstrate that pathological assessments of these three seemingly bizarre psychological disturbances are not supported by consistent biological or clinical findings of abnormality, but are socially designated deviance categories constructed within the Western social and cultural tradition, by objectivist researchers seeking universalist causes of deviation, with norms, values and worldviews that differ significantly from the participants

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Little Green Men, Meowing Nuns and Headhunting Panics

Little Green Men, Meowing Nuns and Headhunting PanicsBartholomew, Robert E. (September 2001).

Little Green Men, Meowing Nuns and Headhunting Panics:  A Study of Mass Psychogenic Illness and Social Delusions.

Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company.  Foreword by Professor Erich Goode, Sociology Department, University of Maryland.

Reviews of Little Green Men:

"…well-documented information to those interested in mass psychosocial phenomena, and as fascinating leisure-time reading to the general public."
--Wolfgang G. Jilek, M.D., Professor Emeritus of clinical psychiatry, University of British Columbia.

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