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Published: 27 March 2003
DOI: 10.1215/9780822384854-009
EISBN: 978-0-8223-8485-4
Published: 29 April 2022
DOI: 10.1215/9781478022879-003
EISBN: 978-1-4780-2287-9
Published: 29 April 2022
DOI: 10.1215/9781478022879-010
EISBN: 978-1-4780-2287-9
Published: 01 December 2023
DOI: 10.1215/9781478027676-001
EISBN: 978-1-4780-2767-6
... The chapter argues that there is a core affinity between conspiracy theory and critical theory. Arguing against Richard Hofstadter that there is an easy line of demarcation between the two, the introduction to Conspiracy/Theory asks how the individual can manage knowing in a world...
Published: 01 December 2023
DOI: 10.1215/9781478027676-006
EISBN: 978-1-4780-2767-6
... There is nothing new about the sort of suspicion now commonly called “conspiracy theory,” but the idea that conspiracy theory is a special type of discourse—one that is easily recognized and dismissed as pathological—emerged during the Cold War and is entangled with the history of the security...
Published: 01 December 2023
DOI: 10.1215/9781478027676
EISBN: 978-1-4780-2767-6
Series: e-Duke books scholarly collection.
Published: 12 August 2009
DOI: 10.1215/9780822390923-007
EISBN: 978-0-8223-9092-3
Published: 23 February 2024
DOI: 10.1215/9781478059240-009
EISBN: 978-1-4780-5924-0
... unanswered questions were dismissed in advance, tossed into the same denigrated category of “misinformation” and “conspiracy theories.” Nevertheless, many laypeople—including people experiencing symptoms of long COVID—used their own experience of the pandemic, the archives of health commonsense they had...
Published: 01 December 2023
DOI: 10.1215/9781478027676-011
EISBN: 978-1-4780-2767-6
... This chapter examines the world of informal and illegal gold mining in South Africa and reflects on the fact that conspiracy theories about gold (including its hoarding, concealment, and theft) have often relied upon gold as a figure of the real and the true at the same time as it has been...
Published: 01 December 2023
DOI: 10.1215/9781478027676-005
EISBN: 978-1-4780-2767-6
... Critically engaging with conspiratology—that is, theory about “conspiracy theory”—this chapter takes as a case the 2009 theft of the body of Tassos Papadopoulos, the former president of Cyprus, from his grave. It traces theories and countertheories of the theft published in the Cypriot press...
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By Joseph Masco, Lisa Wedeen
Published: 01 December 2023
EISBN: 978-1-4780-2767-6
... critical theory conspiracy theory epistemology psyops violence ...
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By Joseph Masco, Lisa Wedeen
Published: 01 December 2023
EISBN: 978-1-4780-2767-6
... Cyprus political violence paranoia conspiracy theory recursivity ...
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By Sarah El-Kazaz
... repoliticization personhood citizenship conspiracy theory populism ...
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By Joseph Masco, Lisa Wedeen
Published: 01 December 2023
EISBN: 978-1-4780-2767-6
... conspiracy theory paranoid style post-truth public sphere strategic irrationalism democratic security society ...
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By Charles L. Briggs
Published: 23 February 2024
EISBN: 978-1-4780-5924-0
... long COVID SARS-CoV-2 conspiracy theories misinformation World Health Organization ...
Published: 01 December 2023
EISBN: 978-1-4780-2767-6
..., unclear lines of analysis, and powerful interests inflected in the subsequent discussions opens space for challenging the belief that the vaccine contamination question has been resolved. The reduction of Hooper’s oral polio vaccine (OPV) hypothesis to a “conspiracy theory” rather than a plausible...
Published: 01 December 2023
EISBN: 978-1-4780-2767-6
...The Force of Capital This chapter examines the world of informal and illegal gold mining in South Africa and reflects on the fact that conspiracy theories about gold (including its hoarding, concealment, and theft) have often relied upon gold as a figure of the real and the true at the same...
Published: 01 December 2023
DOI: 10.1215/9781478027676-014
EISBN: 978-1-4780-2767-6
... In 2010 the author of this chapter was accused of "conspiracy theory" for exposing the University of California's (UC)'s long-term strategy to pledge revenues from higher enrollments and tuition increases for general purpose bonds to fund construction outside its core educational mission. Even...
Published: 01 December 2023
DOI: 10.1215/9781478027676-008
EISBN: 978-1-4780-2767-6
... This chapter describes the affects and poetics of uncanny conspiracy theory, especially UFO abduction. Drawing on ethnographic research, the chapter explores the interplay of ordinary life and consiuracy theory in the 1990s US Southwest through the trope of abduction. It explores how apophenia...
Published: 01 December 2023
DOI: 10.1215/9781478027676-019
EISBN: 978-1-4780-2767-6
... This epilogue to Conspiracy/Theory explores the terms of epistemic crisis in the twenty-first century. Focusing specifically on the January 6, 2021, insurrection in Washington, DC, the epilogue reviews the multiple conspiratorial projects that informed that violent event. Tracking...