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American conspiracy theories

Author: Joseph E Uscinski; Joseph M Parent
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 2014.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Conspiracies theories are some of the most striking features in the American political landscape: the Kennedy assassination, aliens at Roswell, subversion by Masons, Jews, Catholics, or communists, and modern movements like Birtherism and Trutherism. But what do we really know about conspiracy theories? Do they share general causes? Are they becoming more common? More dangerous? Who is targeted and why? Who are the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Joseph E Uscinski; Joseph M Parent
ISBN: 9780190203955 0190203951 9780199351800 9780199351824 0199351821 0199351805
OCLC Number: 891146380
Description: 1 online resource : illustrations (black and white)
Contents: Cover; Contents; List of Figures and Tables; Acknowledgments; 1. A Theory of Conspiracy; 2. But Is It True?; 3. Where Our Facts Come From; 4. Who Are the Conspiracy Theorists?; 5. The Ages of Conspiracy; 6. Conspiracy Theories Are for Losers; 7. Conspiring for the Common Good; Notes; References; Index
Responsibility: Joseph E. Uscinski and Joseph M. Parent.

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Conspiracies theories are some of the most striking features in the American political landscape: the Kennedy assassination, aliens at Roswell, subversion by Masons, Jews, Catholics, or communists, and modern movements like Birtherism and Trutherism. But what do we really know about conspiracy theories? Do they share general causes? Are they becoming more common? More dangerous? Who is targeted and why? Who are the conspiracy theorists? How has technology affected conspiracy theorising? This book offers the first century-long view of these issues.

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Uscinski and Parent provide the most comprehensive social scientific explanation to date for why conspiratorial beliefs are so prevalent in the United States. Drawing on an eclectic array of original Read more...

 
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