By Heather Wolffram
Prime the reader in the course of the darkened séance rooms and laboratories of Imperial and inter-war Germany, The Stepchildren of technological know-how casts mild at the emergence of psychical study and parapsychology within the German context. It seems, particularly, on the position of the psychiatrist Albert von Schrenck-Notzing - a determine who shaped himself as either propagandist and Grand Seignior of German parapsychology - in shaping those nascent disciplines. not like different contemporary reports during which occultism is visible as a way of facing or growing "the modern", this booklet considers the epistemological, cultural and social matters that arose from psychical researchers' and parapsychologists' claims to clinical legitimacy. concentrating on the boundary disputes among those researchers and the spiritualists, occultists, psychologists and scientists with whom they competed for authority over the magical, The Stepchildren of technology demonstrates that during the German context either proponents and rivals alike understood psychical examine and parapsychology as border sciences.
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