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Conspiracy Theories


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Conspiracy theories have a long history, and exist in all modern societies. However, their visibility and significance are increasing today. Conspiracy theories can no longer be simply dismissed as the product of a pathological mind-set located on the political margins.

This series provides a nuanced and scholarly approach to this most contentious of subjects. It draws on a range of disciplinary perspectives including political science, sociology, history, media and cultural studies, area studies and behavioural sciences. Issues covered include the psychology of conspiracy theories, changes in conspiratorial thinking over time, the role of the Internet, regional and political variations and the social and political impact of conspiracy theories.

The series will include edited collections, single-authored monographs and short-form books.

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Europe: Continent of Conspiracies Conspiracy Theories in and about Europe

Europe: Continent of Conspiracies: Conspiracy Theories in and about Europe

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Edited By Andreas Önnerfors, André Krouwel
April 30, 2021

This edited volume investigates for the first time the impact of conspiracy theories upon the understanding of Europe as a geo-political entity as well as an imagined political and cultural space. Focusing on recent developments, the individual chapters explore a range of conspiratorial positions ...

Conspiracy Theories and the Nordic Countries

Conspiracy Theories and the Nordic Countries

1st Edition

By Anastasiya Astapova, Eirikur Bergmann, Asbjørn Dyrendal, Annika Rabo, Kasper Grotle Rasmussen, Hulda Thórisdóttir, Andreas Önnerfors
December 31, 2020

This book explores the relevance of conspiracy theories in the modern social and political history of the Nordic countries. The Nordic countries have traditionally imagined themselves as stable, wealthy, egalitarian welfare states. Conspiracy theories, mistrust and disunity, the argument goes, ...

Conspiracy Theories in Eastern Europe Tropes and Trends

Conspiracy Theories in Eastern Europe: Tropes and Trends

1st Edition

Edited By Anastasiya Astapova, Onoriu Colăcel, Corneliu Pintilescu, Tamás Scheibner
October 30, 2020

This collection of state-of-the-art essays explores conspiracy cultures in post-socialist Eastern Europe, ranging from the nineteenth century to contemporary manifestations. Conspiracy theories about Freemasons, Communists and Jews, about the Chernobyl disaster, and about George Soros and the ...

Conspiracy Narratives South of the Border Bad Hombres Do the Twist

Conspiracy Narratives South of the Border: Bad Hombres Do the Twist

1st Edition

By Gonzalo Soltero
October 26, 2020

This book examines four conspiracy narratives from Mexico that push the boundaries of conspiracy research in a new direction. They include narratives about Lee Harvey Oswald's visit to Mexico City, shortly before he apparently assassinated JFK, and street gangs across borders and how some of our ...

Strategic Conspiracy Narratives A Semiotic Approach

Strategic Conspiracy Narratives: A Semiotic Approach

1st Edition

By Mari-Liis Madisson, Andreas Ventsel
September 14, 2020

Strategic Conspiracy Narratives proposes an innovative semiotic perspective for analysing how contemporary conspiracy theories are used for shaping interpretation paths and identities of a targeted audience. Conspiracy theories play a significant role in the viral spread of misinformation that has ...

Contemporary Conspiracy Culture Truth and Knowledge in an Era of Epistemic Instability

Contemporary Conspiracy Culture: Truth and Knowledge in an Era of Epistemic Instability

1st Edition

By Jaron Harambam
May 06, 2020

In this ethnographic study, the author takes an agnostic stance towards the truth value of conspiracy theories and delves into the everyday lives of people active in the conspiracy milieu to understand better what the contemporary appeal of conspiracy theories is.Conspiracy theories have become ...

Routledge Handbook of Conspiracy Theories

Routledge Handbook of Conspiracy Theories

1st Edition

Edited By Michael Butter, Peter Knight
February 26, 2020

Taking a global and interdisciplinary approach, the Routledge Handbook of Conspiracy Theories provides a comprehensive overview of conspiracy theories as an important social, cultural and political phenomenon in contemporary life. This handbook provides the most complete analysis of the ...

Conspiracy Theories in Turkey Conspiracy Nation

Conspiracy Theories in Turkey: Conspiracy Nation

1st Edition

By Doğan Gürpınar
June 18, 2019

Conspiracy theories are no longer just a curiosity for afficionados but a politically salient theme in the age of Trump, Brexit and "fake news". One of the countries that has been entrapped in conspiratorial visions is Turkey, and this book is the first comprehensive survey in English of the ...

The Stigmatization of Conspiracy Theory since the 1950s

The Stigmatization of Conspiracy Theory since the 1950s: "A Plot to Make us Look Foolish"

1st Edition

By Katharina Thalmann
March 05, 2019

Are conspiracy theories everywhere and is everyone a conspiracy theorist? This ground-breaking study challenges some of the widely shared assessments in the scholarship about a perceived mainstreaming of conspiracy theory. It claims that conspiracy theory underwent a significant shift in status in ...

Impossible Knowledge Conspiracy Theories, Power, and Truth

Impossible Knowledge: Conspiracy Theories, Power, and Truth

1st Edition

By Todor Hristov
January 22, 2019

Conspiracy theorists claim impossible knowledge, such as knowledge of the doings of a secret world government. Yet they accept this impossible knowledge as truth. In effect, conspiracy theories detach truth from knowledge. Knowledge without power is powerless. And the impossible knowledge claimed ...

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