Conspiracy Theories

Series Editors:

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.

  • Strategic Conspiracy Narratives: A Semiotic Approach book cover

    Strategic Conspiracy Narratives

    A Semiotic Approach, 1st Edition

    By Mari-Liis Madisson, Andreas Ventsel

    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…

    Hardback – 2020-09-01 
    Routledge
    Conspiracy Theories

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

    Contemporary Conspiracy Culture

    Truth and Knowledge in an Era of Epistemic Instability, 1st Edition

    By Jaron Harambam

    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…

    Hardback – 2020-05-19 
    Routledge
    Conspiracy Theories

  • Routledge Handbook of Conspiracy Theories book cover

    Routledge Handbook of Conspiracy Theories

    1st Edition

    Edited by Michael Butter, Peter Knight

    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…

    Hardback – 2020-02-26
    Routledge
    Conspiracy Theories

  • Conspiracy Theories in Turkey: Conspiracy Nation book cover

    Conspiracy Theories in Turkey

    Conspiracy Nation, 1st Edition

    By Doğan Gürpınar

    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…

    Hardback – 2019-06-18
    Routledge
    Conspiracy Theories

  • 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

    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…

    Paperback – 2019-03-05
    Routledge
    Conspiracy Theories

  • Impossible Knowledge: Conspiracy Theories, Power, and Truth book cover

    Impossible Knowledge

    Conspiracy Theories, Power, and Truth, 1st Edition

    By Todor Hristov

    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…

    Hardback – 2019-01-22
    Routledge
    Conspiracy Theories