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From Angels to Aliens: Teenagers, the Media, and the Supernatural

Lynn Schofield Clark


Harry Potter, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and the Left Behind series are but the latest manifestations of American teenagers' long-standing fascination with the supernatural and the paranormal. This book explores the implications of this fascination for contemporary religious and spiritual practices. Relying on stories gleaned from more than 250 in-depth interviews with teens and their families, the book seeks to discover what today's teens really believe and why. It finds that as adherence to formal religious bodies declines, interest in alternative spiritualities as well as belief in “supersti ... More

Keywords: Harry Potter, Buffy, Left Behind, American teenagers, supernatural, paranormal, spiritual practices, formal religious bodies, alternative spiritualities, superstition

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780195300239
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195300239.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lynn Schofield Clark, author
University of Colorado