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Routledge Handbook of Conspiracy Theories

Edited by: Michael Butter , Peter Knight

Print publication date:  February  2020
Online publication date:  February  2020

Print ISBN: 9780815361749
eBook ISBN: 9780429452734
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9780429452734
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Book description

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.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Chapter  1:  General Introduction Download PDF
Chapter  2:  Introduction Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Conceptual History and Conspiracy Theory Download PDF
Chapter  4:  Conspiracy theory in historical, cultural and literary studies Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Semiotic Approaches to Conspiracy Theories  Download PDF
Chapter  6:  Philosophy and Conspiracy Theories Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Psychoanalysis, Critical Theory and Conspiracy Theory Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Conspiracy Theory as Occult Cosmology in Anthropology Download PDF
Chapter  9:  Sociology, Social Theory and Conspiracy Theory Download PDF
Chapter  10:  Conspiracy Theories in Political Science and Political Theory Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Social Psychology of Conspiracy Theories Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Social Network Analysis, Social Big Data and Conspiracy Theories Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Introduction Download PDF
Chapter  14:  Personality traits, cognitive styles and worldviews associated with beliefs in conspiracy theories Download PDF
Chapter  15:  Social-cognitive processes underlying belief in conspiracy theories Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Motivations, Emotions and Belief in Conspiracy Theories Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Conspiracy Beliefs as Psycho-Political Reactions to Perceived Power Download PDF
Chapter  18:  How Conspiracy Theories Spread Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Conspiracy Theories and Intergroup Relations Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Consequences of Conspiracy Theories Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Countering Conspiracy Theories and Misinformation Download PDF
Chapter  22:  Introduction Download PDF
Chapter  23:  Who are the Conspiracy Theorists? Download PDF
Chapter  24:  Conspiracy Theory Entrepreneurs, Movements and Individuals Download PDF
Chapter  25:  Conspiracy Theories and Gender and Sexuality Download PDF
Chapter  26:  Conspiracy Theories, Political Ideology and Political Behaviour Download PDF
Chapter  27:  Functions and Uses of Conspiracy Theories in Authoritarian Regimes Download PDF
Chapter  28:  Conspiracy Theory and Populism Download PDF
Chapter  29:  Radicalisation and Conspiracy Theories  Download PDF
Chapter  30:  Antisemitism and Conspiracism Download PDF
Chapter  31:  Conspiracy Theory and Religion Download PDF
Chapter  32:  Introduction Download PDF
Chapter  33:  Rumours, Urban Legends and the Verbal Transmission of Conspiracy Theories Download PDF
Chapter  34:  Conspiracy Theorising and the History of Media in the Eighteenth Century Download PDF
Chapter  35:  Genres of Conspiracy in Nineteenth-Century British Writing Download PDF
Chapter  36:  Conspiracy in American Narrative Download PDF
Chapter  37:  Conspiracy Theories and Visual Culture Download PDF
Chapter  38:  Conspiracy Theories in Films and Television Shows Download PDF
Chapter  39:  Decoding Mass Media/Encoding Conspiracy Theory Download PDF
Chapter  40:  The Internet and the Spread of Conspiracy Content  Download PDF
Chapter  41:  Networked Disinformation and the Lifecycle of Online Conspiracy Theories Download PDF
Chapter  42:  Conspiracy Theories and Fake News Download PDF
Chapter  43:  Introduction Download PDF
Chapter  44:  Conspiracy Theories in the Roman Empire Download PDF
Chapter  45:  Conspiracy Theories in the Middle Ages and the Early Modern Period Download PDF
Chapter  46:  Freemasons, Illuminati and Jews Download PDF
Chapter  47:  Conspiracy Theories in Europe During the Twentieth Century Download PDF
Chapter  48:  Conspiracy Theories in Putin’s Russia Download PDF
Chapter  49:  Conspiracy Theories in and About the Balkans Download PDF
Chapter  50:  Conspiracy Theories in Turkey  Download PDF
Chapter  51:  Conspiracy Theories in the Middle East Download PDF
Chapter  52:  Conspiracy Theories in Southeast Asia Download PDF
Chapter  53:  Conspiracy Theories in American History Download PDF
Chapter  54:  Populism and Conspiracy Theory in Latin America Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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