The Idea of the ghost

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This essay is about the ghost as an idea that does cultural work in most, if not all, cultures. Its basic premise – that of an immaterial presence haunting the living – is the same everywhere, but it has many variants. Yet the specific demands of cultural context – the various times and places in which the ghost-idea is employed – inflect the general idea in distinctive ways. This essay focuses on one of these inflections: the contemporary Western popular discourse on ghosts, flourishing most evidently on the internet.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTechnologies of magic
Subtitle of host publicationa cultural study of ghosts, machines and the uncanny
Place of PublicationSydney, NSW
PublisherPower Publications
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)0909952353
Publication statusPublished - 2006


  • technology
  • supernatural
  • culture


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