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Routledge Handbook of Conspiracy Theories


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Part I
Definitions and approaches
Todor Hristov, Andrew McKenzie-McHarg and Alejandro Romero Reche
1. Conceptual history and conspiracy theory
Andrew McKenzie-McHarg
2. Conspiracy theory in historical, cultural and literary studies
Peter Knight and Michael Butter
3. Semiotic Approaches to Conspiracy Theories
Massimo Leone, Mari-Liis Madison and Andreas Ventsel
4. Philosophy and conspiracy theories
Juha Raikka and Juho Ritola
5. Psychoanalysis, critical theory and conspiracy theory
Nebojsa Blanusa and Todor Hristov
6. Conspiracy theory as occult cosmology in anthropology
Annika Rabo
7. Sociology, social theory and conspiracy theory
Turkay Salim Nefes and Alejandro Romero Reche
8. Conspiracy theories in political science and political theory
Julien Giry and Pranvera Tika
9. Social psychology of conspiracy theory
Olivier Klein and Kenzo Nera
10. Social network analysis, social big data and conspiracy theories
Estrella Gualda Caballero Part II
Psychological factors
Jan-Willem van Prooijen, Karen Douglas, Aleksandra Cichocka and Michal Bilewicz
1. Personality traits, cognitive styles and worldviews associated with beliefs in conspiracy theories
Anthony Lantian, Michael Wood and Biljana Gjoneska
2. Social-cognitive processes underlying belief in conspiracy theories
Jan-Willem van Prooijen, Olivier Klein and Jasna Milosevic Dordevicz
3. Motivations, emotions and belief in conspiracy theories
Karen M. Douglas, Aleksandra Cichocka and Robbie M. Sutton
4. Conspiracy theories as psycho-political reactions to perceived power
Roland Imhoff and Pia Lamberty
5. How conspiracy theories spread
Adrian Bangerter, Pascal Wagner-Egger and Sylvain Delouvee
6. Conspiracy theories and intergroup relations
Mikey Biddlestone, Aleksandra Cichocka, Iris Zezelj and Michal Bilewicz
7. Consequences of conspiracy theories
Daniel Jolley, Silvia Mari and Karen Douglas
8. Countering conspiracy theories and misinformation
Peter Kreko Part III
Society and politics
Eirikur Bergmann, Asbjorn Dyrendal, Jaron Harambam and Hulda Thorisdottir
1. Who are the conspiracy theorists? Demographics and conspiracy theories
Steven M. Smallpage, Hugo Drochon, Joseph E. Uscinski and Casey Klofstad
2. Conspiracy theory entrepreneurs, movements and individuals
Jaron Harambam
3. Conspiracy theories and gender and sexuality
Annika Thiem
4. Conspiracy theories, political ideology and political behaviour
Hulda Thorisdottir, Silvia Mari and Andre Krouwel
5. Functions and uses of conspiracy theories in authoritarian regimes
Julien Giry and Dogan Gurpinar
6. Conspiracy theory and populism
Eirikur Bergman and Michael Butter
7. Radicalisation and conspiracy theories
Benjamin Lee
8. Antisemitism and conspiracism
Kjetil Braut Simonsen
9. Conspiracy theory and religion
Asbjorn Dyrendal Part IV
Media and transmission
Stef Aupers, Dana Craciun and Andreas OEnnerfors
1. Rumours, urban legends and the verbal transmission of conspiracy theories
Anastasiya Astapova
2. Conspiracy theorising and the history of media in the eighteenth century
Andrew McKenzie-McHarg and Claus Oberhauser
3. Genres of conspiracy in nineteenth-century British writing
Ben Carver
4. Conspiracy in American narrative
Timothy Melley
5. Conspiracy theories and visual culture
Ute Caumanns and Andreas OEnnerfors
6. Conspiracy theories in film and television shows
Michael Butter
Decoding mass media / encoding conspiracy theory
Stef Aupers
The Internet and the spread of conspiracy content
Simona Stano
9. Networked disinformation and the lifecycle of online conspiracy theories
Hugo Leal
10. Conspiracy theories and fake news
Kiril Avramov, Vasily Gatov and Ilya Yablokov Part V
Histories and regions
Ilya Yablokov, Pascal Girard, Nebojsa Blanusa and Annika Rabo
1. Conspiracy theories in the Roman empire
Victoria Emma Pagan
2. Conspiracy theories in the Middle Ages and the early modern period
Cornel Zwierlein
3. Freemasons, Illuminati and Jews: Conspiracy theories and the French Revolution
Claus Oberhauser
4. Conspiracy Theories in Europe during the twentieth century
Pascal Girard
5. Conspiracy theories in Putin's Russia: the case of the 'New World Order'
Ilya Yablokov
6. Conspiracy theories in and about the Balkans
Nebojsa Blanusa
7. Conspiracy theories in Turkey
Dogan Gurpinar and Turkay Salim Nefes
8. Conspiracy theories in the Middle East
Matthew Gray
9. Conspiracy theories in Southeast Asia
Viren Swami, Hanoor Syahirah Zahari and David Barron
10. Conspiracy theories in American history
Michael Butter
11. Populism and conspiracy theory in Latin America: a case study of Venezuela
Rosanne Norris Hooper

About the Author

Michael Butter is professor of American Studies at the University of Tubingen, Germany. He is the author of Plots, Designs, and Schemes: American Conspiracy Theories from the Puritans to the Present (2014) and The Nature of Conspiracy Theories (2020). Peter Knight is professor of American Studies at the University of Manchester, UK. He is the author of Conspiracy Culture (2000), The Kennedy Assassination (2007) and Reading the Market (2016) and editor of Conspiracy Nation (2002) and Conspiracy Theories in American History: An Encyclopedia (2004). Together they directed the COST Action COMPACT [Comparative Analysis of Conspiracy Theories].

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