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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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Routledge Handbook of Conspiracy Theories

Routledge Handbook of Conspiracy Theories

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Michael Butter, Peter Knight
March 06, 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...

Conspiracy Theories in Turkey: Conspiracy Nation

Conspiracy Theories in Turkey: Conspiracy Nation

1st Edition

Doğan Gürpınar
June 18, 2019

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...

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

Katharina Thalmann
March 05, 2019

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...

Impossible Knowledge: Conspiracy Theories, Power, and Truth

Impossible Knowledge: Conspiracy Theories, Power, and Truth

1st Edition

Todor Hristov
January 22, 2019

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...

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