Routledge Handbook of Conspiracy Theories

Michael Butter, Peter Knight
Routledge, 17 feb. 2020 - 700 pagina's

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 phenomenon to date. It analyses conspiracy theories from a variety of perspectives, using both qualitative and quantitative methods. It maps out the key debates, and includes chapters on the historical origins of conspiracy theories, as well as their political significance in a broad range of countries and regions. Other chapters consider the psychology and the sociology of conspiracy beliefs, in addition to their changing cultural forms, functions and modes of transmission. This handbook examines where conspiracy theories come from, who believes in them and what their consequences are.

This book presents an important resource for students and scholars from a range of disciplines interested in the societal and political impact of conspiracy theories, including Area Studies, Anthropology, History, Media and Cultural Studies, Political Science, Psychology and Sociology.


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List of contributors
Conspiracy theory in historical cultural and literary studies
Semiotic approaches to conspiracy theories
and conspiracy theories
Psychoanalysis critical theory and conspiracy theory
Conspiracy theory as occult cosmology in anthropology
Sociology social theory and conspiracy theory
Who are the conspiracy theorists? Demographics and conspiracy
Conspiracy theory entrepreneurs movements and individuals
Conspiracy theories political ideology and political behaviour
Functions and uses of conspiracy theories in authoritarian
Conspiracy theory and populism
Radicalisation and conspiracy theories
Antisemitism and conspiracism
Conspiracy theory and religion

Conspiracy theories in political science and political theory
Social network analysis social big data and conspiracy theories
Socialcognitive processes underlying belief in conspiracy
Motivations emotions and belief in conspiracy theories
Conspiracy beliefs as psychopolitical reactions to perceived
How conspiracy theories spread
Conspiracy theories and intergroup relations
Consequences of conspiracy theories
Countering conspiracy theories and misinformation
Rumours urban legends and the verbal transmission
theorising and the history of media in the eighteenth
Genres of conspiracy in nineteenthcentury British writing
Conspiracy in American narrative
Conspiracy theories and visual culture
Conspiracy theories in films and television shows
Decoding mass mediaencoding conspiracy theory
The Internet and the spread of conspiracy content
Networked disinformation and the lifecycle of online conspiracy
Conspiracy theories and fake news

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Over de auteur (2020)

Michael Butter is professor of American Studies at the University of TŁbingen, Germany. He is the author of Plots, Designs, and Schemes: American Conspiracy Theories from the Puritans to the Present (2014) and The Nature of Conspiracy Theories (2020).

Peter Knight is professor of American Studies at the University of Manchester, UK. He is the author of Conspiracy Culture (2000), The Kennedy Assassination (2007) and Reading the Market (2016) and editor of Conspiracy Nation (2002) and Conspiracy Theories in American History: An Encyclopedia (2004).

Together they directed the COST Action COMPACT [Comparative Analysis of Conspiracy Theories].

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