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Conspiracy Theories and Latin American History
Lurking in the Shadows

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ISBN 9781032052373
September 10, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
270 Pages

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Book Description

This book is a systematic inquiry of conspiracy theories across Latin America.

Conspiracy theories project not only an interpretive logic of reality that leads people to believe in sinister machinations, but also imply a theory of power that requires mobilizing and taking action. Through history, many have fallen for the allure of conspiratorial narratives, even the most unsubstantiated and bizarre. This book traces the main conspiracy theories developing in Latin America since late colonial times and into the present, and identifies the geopolitical, socioeconomic and cultural scenarios of their diffusion and mobilization.

Students and scholars of Latin American history and politics, as well as comparatists, will find in this book penetrating analyses of major conspiratorial designs in this multi-state region of the Americas.

Table of Contents


1. The Logic of Conspiracy Thought

2. Conspiratorial Thinking and Social Exorcism

3. Historiography and the Political Use of Conspiracy Theories

4. Conspiracy Theories and the Assertion of Hidden Enemies

5. International Wars, Imperialist Conspiracies and Conspiracy Theories

6. Political Polarization, Intrigues and Conspiracy Theories

7. Geopolitics, Intrigues and Conspiracy Theories

8. A Quarter Century of Argentine Intrigues and Conspiracies


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Luis Roniger is Reynolds Professor of Latin American Studies at the Department of Politics and International Affairs at Wake Forest University, USA.

Leonardo Senkman is Research Fellow at the Harry Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel.


"Due to its theoretical perspective and the multiple case studies it addresses, this book illuminates the historical context of emergence of Latin American conspiracy theories, and, at the same time, calls us to reflect on the political culture of our time. The work has global relevance, as it dialogues and questions features of contemporary culture and the dire challenges we face living in democracy."

Emilio Crenzel, Professor of Sociology at the National University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, and author of The Memory of the Argentina Disappearances

"Conspiracy theories in Latin America get little if any coverage in English language literature. This book remedies that omission with sophisticated analysis and fascinating, deeply researched narratives."

Michael Barkun, Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Syracuse University, USA, and author of A Culture of Conspiracy: Apocalyptic Visions in Contemporary America