Is this an age of conspiracies, or generalized anxiety and a search for hidden explanations? How can the social sciences understand and explain the contemporary popularity of conspiracy theories? This provocative and unique collection draws together academics from politics, media studies, anthropology, sociology, management and cultural studies to address a wide variety of topics related to conspiracy theory and practice. With chapters on computer viruses, the politics of the far right in France and militias in the USA, the X-Files, anti-corporate protest and more, it will be essential reading for anyone interested in contemporary culture.
1. The Age of Anxiety: Jane Parish (School of Social Relations, Keele University).
2. Iloveyou: Viruses, Paranoia and the Environment of Risk: Peter Knight (Staffordshire University).
3. The Obscure Politics of Conspiracy Theory: Mark Featherstone (Staffordshire University).
4. Conjuring Order: the new world order and conspiracy theories of globalization: Alisdair Spark (King Alfred's College, Winchester, UK).
5. Militias, the Patriot Movement, and the Internet: Nigel Woodcock (Manchester University).
6. Taking conspiracy seriously: fantastic narratives and Mr Grey the Pan-Afrikanist on Monserrat: Jonathan Skinner (University of Abertay, Dundee).
7. Tout est Lie: The Front National and Media Conspiracy Theories: Adrian Quinn (Liverpool John Moores University).
8. The Popular Culture of Conspiracy/The Conspiracy of Popular Culture: David Bell & Lee-Jane Bennion-Nixon (Staffordshire University).
9. Conspiracy, corporate culture and criticism: Warren Smith (University of Leicester).
10. Conspiracy, What Conspiracy? Social Science, Funding, and the Politics of Accusation: Simon Lilley (Keele University).
11. Human science as conspiracy theory: Martin Parker (Keele University).
Notes on contributors.
Series: Sociological Review Monographs
Number Of Pages: 222
Published: 20th November 2001
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 229.45 x 152.67
Weight (kg): 0.33
Edition Number: 1