Ufology: The Intellectual Development and Social Context of the Study of Unidentified Flying Objects

  title={Ufology: The Intellectual Development and Social Context of the Study of Unidentified Flying Objects},
  author={Joseph A. Blake},
  journal={The Sociological Review},
  pages={315 - 337}
  • J. A. Blake
  • Published 1 May 1979
  • Sociology
  • The Sociological Review

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