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Conspiracy Theories and the People Who Believe Them
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Preface List of Contributors Chapter 1 Down the Rabbit Hole We Go! Joseph E. Uscinski Chapter 2 The History of Conspiracy Theory Research: A Review and Commentary Michael Butter and Peter Knight Section I What is a Conspiracy Theory? Chapter 3 What We Mean When We Say "Conspiracy Theory" Jesse Walker Chapter 4 Conspiracy Theory: The Nineteenth-Century Prehistory of a Twentieth-Century Concept Andrew McKenzie-McHarg Chapter 5 Media Marginalization of Racial Minorities: "Conspiracy Theorists" in U.S. Ghettos and on the "Arab Street" Martin Orr and Ginna Husting Chapter 6 Conspiracy Theories and Philosophy: Bringing the Epistemology of a Freighted Term into the Social Sciences M R. X. Dentith Section II How Do Conspiracy Theorists and Non-Conspiracy Theorists Interact? Chapter 7 On the Democratic Problem of Conspiracy Theory Politics Alfred Moore Chapter 8 The Politics of Disruption: Social Choice Theory and Conspiracy Theory Politics Matthew D. Atkinson and Darin DeWitt Chapter 9 Learning About Conspiracy Theories: Experiences in Science and Risk Communication with the Public about the Fukushima Daiichi Disaster Jay T. Cullen Chapter 10 In Whose Hands the Future? Stephan Lewandowsky Chapter 11 Conspiracy Theory Phobia Juha Raikka and Lee Basham Chapter 12 Conspiracy Thinking, Tolerance, and Democracy Steven M. Smallpage Section III Are Conspiracy Theories "Anti-Science"? Chapter 13 Don't Trust the Scientists! Rejecting the Scientific Consensus "Conspiracy" Josh Pasek Chapter 14 Conspiratorial Thinking and Dueling Fact Perceptions Morgan Marietta and David C. Barker Chapter 15 The Conspiracy Theory Pyramid Scheme Ted Goertzel Section IV What is the Psychology of Conspiracy Theorizing? Chapter 16 Conspiracy Theory Psychology: Individual differences, Worldviews, and States of Mind Michael J. Wood and Karen M. Douglas Chapter 17 Conspiracy Rumor Psychology Nicholas Difonzo Chapter 18 The Truth is Around Here Somewhere: Integrating the Research on Conspiracy Beliefs Preston R. Bost Section V What Do Conspiracy Theories Look Like in the United States? Chapter 19 Conspiracy Theories in U.S. History Kathryn S. Olmsted Chapter 20 Polls, Plots, and Party Politics:Conspiracy Theories in Contemporary America Adam M. Enders and Steven M. Smallpage Chapter 21 How Conspiracy Theories Spread Darin DeWitt, Matthew D. Atkinson, and Drew Wegner Section VI What Do Conspiracy Theories Look Like Around the World? Chapter 22 Who Believes in Conspiracy Theories in Great Britain and Europe? Hugo Drochon Chapter 23 Why the Powerful (in Weak States) Prefer Conspiracy Theories Scott Radnitz Chapter 24 Conspiracy Theories in Post-Soviet Russia Ilya Yablokov Chapter 25 The Collective Conspiracy Mentality in Poland Wiktor Soral, Aleksandra Cichocka, Michal Bilewicz, Marta Marchlewska Chapter 26 The Conspiratorial Style in Turkish Politics: Discussing the Deep State in the Parliament Turkay Salim Nefes Chapter 27 The Hidden and the Revealed: Styles of Political Conspiracy Theory in Kirchnerism Tanya Filer Section VII How Should We Live with Conspiracy Theories? Chapter 28 Conspiracy Theories and Religion: Superstition, Seekership, and Salvation David G. Robertson and Asbjorn Dyrendal Chapter 29 The Credulity of Conspiracy Theorists: Conspiratorial, Scientific, and Religious Explanation Compared Brian L. Keeley Chapter 30 Empowerment as a Tool to Reduce Belief in Conspiracy Theories Jan-Willem van Prooijen Chapter 31 Conspiracy Theories for Journalists: Covering Dubious Ideas in Real Time Joseph E. Uscinski References Index

About the Author

Joseph E. Uscinski is an associate professor of Political Science in the University of Miami College of Arts & Sciences, where he teaches courses on American politics. He is coauthor of American Conspiracy Theories (Oxford, 2014) and author of The People's News: Media, Politics, and the Demands of Capitalism ( 2014).

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