_John W. Hoopes of the University of Kansas passed along the exciting news of a new edited anthology (in which he has an article) covering the alleged 2012 Mayan apocalypse from an academic perspective. I'm looking forward to reading the book. Here's the press release:
2012: Decoding the Countercultural Apocalypse, edited by Joseph Gelfer, is the first book on the subject to be written for a primarily academic audience. It is available in both hardcover and paperback and is suitable for both undergraduate and graduate courses in several different disciplines.
December 21, 2012 is believed to mark the end of the thirteenth B'ak'tun cycle in the Long Count of the Mayan calendar. A growing number of people believe this date to mark the end of the world or, at the very least, the end of the world as we know it: a shift to a new form of global consciousness.2012: Decoding the Countercultural Apocalypse brings together for the first time a range of scholarly analyses on the 2012 phenomena grounded in various disciplines including religious studies, anthropology, Mayan studies, cultural studies and the social sciences.
2012: Decoding the Countercultural Apocalypse will show readers how much of the 2012 phenomenon is based on the historical record, and how much is contemporary fiction. It will reveal to readers the landscape of the modern apocalyptic imagination, the economics of the spiritual marketplace, the commodification of countercultural values, and the cult of celebrity. This collection brings much-needed academic rigour and documentation to a subject of rapidly increasing interest to diverse religious and other communities in these crucial closing years before we experience what will be either a profound leap in the human story or, less dramatically, just another mark in time.
Preface - Michael D. Coe, Yale University
You can get your copy in Amazon.
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