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Conspiracy theories and the people who believe them

Author: Joseph E Uscinski
Publisher: New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2019]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Conspiracy theories ... have always been with us [but] their salience has increased [due to] the increasing access to information among ordinary people, a pervasive sense of powerlessness among those same people, and widespread distrust of elites ... These factors ... are now propelling conspiracy theories into our public sphere on a vast scale ... Scholars have begun to study this genuinely important phenomenon in  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Joseph E Uscinski
ISBN: 9780190844080 0190844086 9780190844073 0190844078
OCLC Number: 1035769506
Description: xx, 511 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Down the rabbit hole we go! / Joseph E. Uscinski --
The history of conspiracy theory research: a review and commentary / Michael Butter and Peter Knight --
Section I: What is a conspiracy theory? --
Section II: How do conspiracy theorists and non-conspiracy theorists interact? --
Section III: Are conspiracy theories 'anti-science'? --
Section IV: What is the psychology of conspiracy theorizing? --
Section V: What do conspiracy theories look like in the United States? --
Section VI: What do conspiracy theories look like around the world? --
Section VII: How should we live with conspiracy theories?
Responsibility: edited by Joseph E. Uscinski.

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Conspiracy theories are not fringe ideas, tucked away in society's dark corners. They are an enduring part of humanity. Despite this, researchers and journalists struggle to understand them.  Read more...

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