The Stigmatization of Conspiracy Theory since the 1950s

"A Plot to Make us Look Foolish"
 
 
Routledge (Verlag)
  • erschienen am 6. März 2019
  • |
  • 226 Seiten
 
E-Book | PDF mit Adobe DRM | Systemvoraussetzungen
978-0-429-67196-8 (ISBN)
 

Are conspiracy theories everywhere and is everyone a conspiracy theorist? This ground-breaking study challenges some of the widely shared assessments in the scholarship about a perceived mainstreaming of conspiracy theory. It claims that conspiracy theory underwent a significant shift in status in the mid-20th century and has since then become highly visible as an object of concern in public debates.

Providing an in-depth analysis of academic and media discourses, Katharina Thalmann is the first scholar to systematically trace the history and process of the delegitimization of conspiracy theory. By reading a wide range of conspiracist accounts about three central events in American history from the 1950s to 1970s - the Great Red Scare, the Kennedy assassination, and the Watergate scandal - Thalmann shows that a veritable conspiracist subculture emerged in the 1970s as conspiracy theories were pushed out of the legitimate marketplace of ideas and conspiracy theory became a commodity not unlike pornography: alluring in its illegitimacy, commonsensical, and highly profitable.

This will be of interest to scholars and researchers interested in American history, culture and subcultures, as well, of course, to those fascinated by conspiracies.

  • Englisch
  • Milton
  • |
  • Großbritannien
Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • Für höhere Schule und Studium
10 schwarz-weiße Abbildungen, 9 schwarz-weiße Fotos, 1 schwarz-weiße Zeichnungen
978-0-429-67196-8 (9780429671968)
weitere Ausgaben werden ermittelt

Katharina Thalmann is Assistant Professor in the American Studies Department, University of Tübingen, Germany.

Introduction

Part I. Theories of Conspiracy Theory

1. From Fears of Conspiracy to Fears of Conspiracy Theory: The Stigmatization of Conspiracy Theory in Academic Discourse

Part II. Conspiracy Theory Culture

2. Preceding Stigmatization: The Red Scare and Conspiracy Theories in the 1950s

3. Reflecting Stigmatization: The Kennedy Assassination and Conspiracy Theories in the 1960s

4. Embracing Stigmatization: Watergate and Conspiracy Theories in the 1970s

Conclusion: The State and Status of Conspiracy Theory in the Age of Trump(ism)

`Conspiracy theories are as old as the hills, but they only became the object of scholarly study and concern after 1945. In this meticulously researched study, Katharina Thalmann traces the discursive history of conspiracy theory, revealing how it became a familiar concept, a widely derided form of explanation, and a perceived threat to democratic rationality. Thalmann's approach helps to explain the persistent public fascination with conspiracy, from the rise of a postwar "culture of paranoia" to contemporary debate about the politics of conspiracy discourse.' Professor Timothy Melley, author of The Covert Sphere: Secrecy, Fiction, and the National Security State (Cornell University Press, 2012).


`Thalmann's bold and timely book updates and challenges longstanding concerns that conspiracy theories have become increasingly respectable. In offering precise and nuanced readings of conspiracy theories and their reception within academic and media discourses, Thalmann produces a convincing argument about the changing status of conspiracy theories during the Twentieth Century. Thalmann also addresses the contemporary moment. While other commentators see Trump's ascension as proof of conspiracy theory's increased legitimacy, Thalmann suggests that Trump and other influential conspiracy theorists on the populist right today gain traction through their links to conspiracy theory precisely becauseof its fringe, illegitimate hue. Getting airtime is not the same as legitimacy in Thalmann's eyes. Reading against the grain, with careful conviction, Thalmann's book is a key intervention into the lively field of conspiracy studies.' Dr Clare Birchall - Reader in Contemporary Culture, King's College London, UK.
 

`Conspiracy theories are as old as the hills, but they only became the object of scholarly study and concern after 1945. In this meticulously researched study, Katharina Thalmann traces the discursive history of conspiracy theory, revealing how it became a familiar concept, a widely derided form of explanation, and a perceived threat to democratic rationality. Thalmann's approach helps to explain the persistent public fascination with conspiracy, from the rise of a postwar "culture of paranoia" to contemporary debate about the politics of conspiracy discourse.' <b>Professor Timothy Melley</b>, author of <i>The Covert Sphere: Secrecy, Fiction, and the National Security State </i>(Cornell University Press, 2012).


`Thalmann's bold and timely book updates and challenges longstanding concerns that conspiracy theories have become increasingly respectable. In offering precise and nuanced readings of conspiracy theories and their reception within academic and media discourses, Thalmann produces a convincing argument about the changing status of conspiracy theories during the Twentieth Century. Thalmann also addresses the contemporary moment. While other commentators see Trump's ascension as proof of conspiracy theory's increased legitimacy, Thalmann suggests that Trump and other influential conspiracy theorists on the populist right today gain traction through their links to conspiracy theory precisely <i>because</i>of its fringe, illegitimate hue. Getting airtime is not the same as legitimacy in Thalmann's eyes. Reading against the grain, with careful conviction, Thalmann's book is a key intervention into the lively field of conspiracy studies.' <b>Dr Clare Birchall</b> - Reader in Contemporary Culture, King's College London, UK.

DNB DDC Sachgruppen

Dateiformat: PDF
Kopierschutz: Adobe-DRM (Digital Rights Management)

Systemvoraussetzungen:

Computer (Windows; MacOS X; Linux): Installieren Sie bereits vor dem Download die kostenlose Software Adobe Digital Editions (siehe E-Book Hilfe).

Tablet/Smartphone (Android; iOS): Installieren Sie bereits vor dem Download die kostenlose App Adobe Digital Editions (siehe E-Book Hilfe).

E-Book-Reader: Bookeen, Kobo, Pocketbook, Sony, Tolino u.v.a.m. (nicht Kindle)

Das Dateiformat PDF zeigt auf jeder Hardware eine Buchseite stets identisch an. Daher ist eine PDF auch für ein komplexes Layout geeignet, wie es bei Lehr- und Fachbüchern verwendet wird (Bilder, Tabellen, Spalten, Fußnoten). Bei kleinen Displays von E-Readern oder Smartphones sind PDF leider eher nervig, weil zu viel Scrollen notwendig ist. Mit Adobe-DRM wird hier ein "harter" Kopierschutz verwendet. Wenn die notwendigen Voraussetzungen nicht vorliegen, können Sie das E-Book leider nicht öffnen. Daher müssen Sie bereits vor dem Download Ihre Lese-Hardware vorbereiten.

Bitte beachten Sie bei der Verwendung der Lese-Software Adobe Digital Editions: wir empfehlen Ihnen unbedingt nach Installation der Lese-Software diese mit Ihrer persönlichen Adobe-ID zu autorisieren!

Weitere Informationen finden Sie in unserer E-Book Hilfe.


Download (sofort verfügbar)

33,99 €
inkl. 19% MwSt.
Download / Einzel-Lizenz
E-Book bestellen