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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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Conspiracy Theories in the Time of Covid-19

Conspiracy Theories in the Time of Covid-19

1st Edition

Forthcoming

By Clare Birchall, Peter Knight
October 28, 2022

Conspiracy Theories in the Time of Covid-19 provides a wide-ranging analysis of the emergence and development of conspiracy theories during the Covid-19 pandemic, with a focus on the US and the UK. The book combines digital methods analysis of large datasets assembled from social media with ...

Strategic Conspiracy Narratives A Semiotic Approach

Strategic Conspiracy Narratives: A Semiotic Approach

1st Edition

By Mari-Liis Madisson, Andreas Ventsel
May 06, 2022

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 ...

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
April 29, 2022

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 ...

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
April 29, 2022

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 ...

Thinking Critically About the Kennedy Assassination Debunking the Myths and Conspiracy Theories

Thinking Critically About the Kennedy Assassination: Debunking the Myths and Conspiracy Theories

1st Edition

By Michel Jacques Gagné
March 28, 2022

Thinking Critically About the Kennedy Assassination uses the tools of critical thinking, historical research, and philosophical inquiry to debunk the many myths and conspiracy theories surrounding JFK’s shocking and untimely death. As we approach the 60th anniversary of the violent public ...

Plots: Literary Form and Conspiracy Culture

Plots: Literary Form and Conspiracy Culture

1st Edition

Edited By Ben Carver, Dana Craciun, Todor Hristov
November 30, 2021

This edited collection contributes to the study of conspiracy culture by analysing the relationship of literary forms to the formation, reception, and transformation of conspiracy theories. Conspiracy theories are narratives, and their narrative form provides the structure within which their ‘...

Conspiracy Theories and Latin American History Lurking in the Shadows

Conspiracy Theories and Latin American History: Lurking in the Shadows

1st Edition

By Luis Roniger, Leonardo Senkman
September 10, 2021

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, ...

Russia Today and Conspiracy Theories People, Power and Politics on RT

Russia Today and Conspiracy Theories: People, Power and Politics on RT

1st Edition

By Ilya Yablokov, Precious N Chatterje-Doody
June 09, 2021

The Russian international media outlet Russia Today (RT) has been widely accused in the Western world of producing government propaganda and conspiracy theories. This book explores for the first time the role that conspiracy theories actually play in the network’s broadcasts. More than this, it ...

Europe: Continent of Conspiracies Conspiracy Theories in and about Europe

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

1st Edition

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 geopolitical 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, ...

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 12, 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 28, 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 ...

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