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Imaginary Friends (Anglais)

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Par zoe le 11 mai 2013
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L'écriture d'Alison Lurie permet de se laisser completement emporter dans ce récit pleins de rebondissements. Véritable analyse sociologique du fanatisme et de la sociologie même. Inspiré par l'ouvrage de Festinger, Hank Riecken et Stanley Schachter: L'echec d'une prophétie, elle développe leur théorie de la dissonance cognitive. Mais elle va plus loin, elle met en exergue l'implication des sociologues dans les résultats. Elle questionne le fanatisme, qui et comment on peut s'y perdre. La limite du savoir et de la confiance dans les sciences.

Romans pleins de surprises avec une fin délirante.
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HASH(0x94de4a20) étoiles sur 5 A sharp & witty portrait of the foibles of academics. 19 octobre 1999
Par Un client - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
As a sociologist who teaches just the sort of research of which Lurie writes, of course I've always cherished this book, & I've followed its publishing history (it was originally furnished with a tacky, misrepresenting sci-fi cover, was O.P. for a while, & blessedly has been reissued). I also cherish the way it represents Lurie's many virtues: fine, tight writing; delicious word-play; witty imagery; & sharp observations of everyday life that remind readers of the social selves they may be forced to don--& how those social selves are at odds with their desires as individuals.
I've also used the book when I teach fieldwork sociology, the very discipline that Lurie's professors try to practice. Students are always fascinated by Lurie's sharp lesson in what not to do.
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HASH(0x94c95eb8) étoiles sur 5 spirituality, group delusion and the perils of research 4 août 2005
Par Semioticghost - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
"Imaginary Friends" deals with spirituality, group delusion and the strange flowers of thought blooming in isolated conditions. It takes the old myth of the 'hidden people' and impresses it on a small, benign cult not dissimilar to Heaven's Gate set in an ordinary neighbourhood in an ordinary little town.

Two sociologists join the cult to research small-group phenomena and are increasingly drawn into the interactions and rituals of the cult as events escalate. The Coming is prophesied and tensions rise, culminating in the breakdown of the main researcher and and a lull in the cult's proceedings. Yet, the story continues....

The novel raises valid observations on conducting research and the blurring of lines between observer and participant; the characters are eminently believable, which made this an enjoyable read.
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HASH(0x94c92408) étoiles sur 5 One of my Lurie favorites 19 juillet 2005
Par WereBear - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
To me, this is a great look at how people fool themselves...the people who want to believe in aliens, and also the people who fool themselves into thinking they can get involved with a group and not interact with it.

With Lurie's sharp eye for character and fine ear for dialogue, it is easy for a reader to get pulled in and immerse themselves in the world she creates. Based on a sociology study of groups who held the same beliefs as the fictional group she creates, I feel Lurie goes beyond the dry academic studies to illuminate what really goes on when people find their most mundane beliefs challenged by the surities of a larger group...such as society at large.
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HASH(0x94c8c774) étoiles sur 5 What separates faith from psychosis? 21 décembre 2000
Par Jennifer S - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
The is a story of two sociologists who embark upon a research project to infiltrate and observe a small cult which claims to be in contact with higher beings from outerspace. Instead of focusing too much on the exact identities of the members of the cult itself and its somewhat ridiculous belief system, the story hones in on the reactions and behaviors of the two sociologists who try (with varying degrees of sucess and failure) to participate "non-directively" in the group. Each researcher finds himself struggling (consciously or not) with the ideas of how much of group belonging can determine identity, and how much identity which emmanates from within can influence the group identity.
It's not clear by the end of the story just what separates faith and determination from delusions of grandeur and compulsion. But it was this question, not the story itself, that remained in my mind long after I finished the book.
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HASH(0xadceafa8) étoiles sur 5 Mass Hysteria 26 mars 2010
Par Wanda B. Red - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
The more things change, as they say.... In fact, the only items that feel dated about this wonderful book (first published in 1967) is, one, that to make a phone call you need to find a booth and, two, that a cup of coffee only costs a dime (oh yes, and maybe the ubiquity of jello salads). The force of a charismatic figure on group dynamics -- and in this case of two competing charismatic figures -- remains just as timely today.

Tom McMann, with his oversized but wobbly reputation, sense of grievance, and booming voice, brings his younger colleague from the Sociology Dept. of the upstate NY university (probably Cornell) where both teach, to infiltrate and study the internal conflicts of a cult, ironically styled "The Seekers of Truth." The Seekers, under the guidance of the pre-Raphaelite teenage beauty Verena Roberts, expect immediate intervention from a crew of Varnians, ectomorphic creatures from outer space led by the god Ro. The situation is ripe for comedy in Lurie's expert hands. McMann and Roberts compete for the soul of our narrator, the hapless junior prof Roger Zimmern, who finds himself alternately in the grip of respect for the great man and lust for the lovely girl. As these two characters become more and more vivid, Roger becomes more and more effaced and uncertain. The effect is both realistic and hilarious.

But there is also a serious side, for the novel raises interesting questions about the extent to which researchers in social science can ever "observe" a social situation that they have joined with dispassion and objectivity -- exploring something like the equivalent of a social science Heisenberg uncertainty principle. The belief that one can stand above this sort of problem turns out to be a kind of madness.
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