Conspiracy Theories: A Critical Introduction

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Palgrave Macmillan, Oct 12, 2011 - Law - 179 pages
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No event of any significance in the world today -- be it an unexpected election result, a terrorist attack, the death of a public figure, a meteorological anomaly, or the flu pandemic -- takes place without generating at least a flutter of conspiracy speculations. Conspiracy Theories: A Critical Introduction offers a well informed, highly accessible, and thoroughly engaging introduction to conspiracy theories, discussing their nature and history, causes and consequences. Through a series of specific questions that cut to the core of conspiracism as a global social and cultural phenomenon, the book deconstructs the logic and rhetoric of conspiracy theories and analyses the broader social and psychological factors that contribute to their persistence in modern society. Back cover.
 

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Contents

1 Introduction
1
2 Towards a Definition of Conspiracy Theories
20
3 Conspiracy Theories and Their Vicissitudes
38
4 The Anatomy of the Conspiracy Theory
71
5 Conspiracy Theory and Antisemitism
95
6 Psychology and Conspiracy Theory
120
7 Conclusion
144
References
157
Index
173
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JOVAN BYFORDis Lecturer in Psychology at the Open University, UK. He is the author of Denial and Repression of Antisemitism: Post-Communist Remembrance of the Serbian Bishop Nikolaj Velimirovic (2008) and Conspiracy Theory: Serbia v. the New World Order (2006, in Serbian).