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Collaborative Mistrust

The Communicative Function of Alternative Facts in Social Media Interactions

Nils C. Kumkar

Understanding social media discourses as conversations and interpreting them as such allows reconstructing the communicative function of alternative facts as a practical achievement making a difference in interactive sensemaking. Using the documentary method approach to conversation analysis for interpreting the doing of alternative facts in conversations on the Facebook pages of the right-wing party Alternative für Deutschland (AfD), this article shows: (1) doing alternative facts has to be understood in the context of identity performances which bracket questions of facticity; (2) doing alternative facts is part of an overarching conversational dynamic of “suspicious investigation” held together by a shared orientation toward un-truthing mainstream reality construction; (3) and this dynamic immunizes itself against critique via identity performance and identity misrecognition.

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Editors’ Note

Oded Haklai and Adia Mendelson-Maoz

leadership styles of Natanyahu and Donald Trump, Migdal shows how populist leaders address the crisis through the prism of self-promotion, establishing a cult-like following, which involves propagating sets of “alternative facts.” Focusing on rhetoric, Anat

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Barriers and borders

Human mobility and building inclusive societies

Anthony Turton

this was my first encounter with the notion of an “alternative fact” and the weaponization of information. Third, the event that the world came to know as the Sharpeville Massacre saw my immediate family transition almost instantly, from grinding

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Between Scylla and Charybdis

On Colin Shindler’s Respublica Hebraeorum

Arie M. Dubnov

” (246)—a mysterious ‘alternative fact’ because more traditional ‘fact bases’ show that almost no kibbutzim were founded then, due at least in part to the fact that Begin and his party detested kibbutzim, seeing them as the prime symbols of inequality and

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Using Wikipedia in Israel Studies Courses

Shira Klein

question information and the value of peer-reviewed, scholarly work. In this age of ‘alternative facts’, when statements count regardless of their truthfulness, it becomes all the more important to teach students to examine information critically. A second

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Book Reviews

SimonMary Aihiokhai, Lorina Buhr, David Moore, and William Jethro Mpofu

models of authority. You will not win a revolution if you can only promise the travails of primitive accumulation. Of course, the contemporary manufacturing of alternative facts to fit powerful efforts at ordering reality (Santiago Zabala's Being at

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Embedded Social Science and the British Government COVID-19 Response

An Ethnographic Study

Alex Tasker and Lucy C. Irvine

Conference on System Sciences , 8–11 January . Leach , M. ( 2018 ), ‘ Alternative Narratives and Alternative Facts: Reflecting on Science-Policy Predicaments through Environmental and Health Lenses in West Africa and the UK ’, The Joys of Truth

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Searching for What Is Already Found

Ivan Jablonka and the Life of a Nobody

Melanie Hawthorne

suggests that, to paraphrase popular culture, “the truth is out there.” It perpetuates the notion that a single, universal truth pre-exists narrative and simply awaits discovery. The alternative is not a relativistic universe of “alternative facts,” but a

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Writing History and the Social Sciences with Ivan Jablonka

Nathan Bracher

nothing about the history of slavery, the Confederacy, the Jim Crow South, or Nazi Germany? When offered “alternative facts” by autocratic rulers and their spokespersons, are we really content to shrug our shoulders, musing that, after all, one narrative

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Deception and Israeli Peacemaking since 1967

Galia Golan

Taba, Barak believed that Arafat was interested in reaching a peace agreement, although he publicly adhered to the ‘no partner’ line. Case Six: Netanyahu's ‘Alternative Facts’ Netanyahu was arguably more subtle but equally effective in the