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Religiosity, Spirituality and Conspiracy Theories

Empirical-Quantitative Analysis during the COVID-19 Pandemic in Germany

Carolin Hillenbrand and Detlef Pollack

role in providing answers and orientation in those uncertain times; so-called “substitute religions” ( Ersatz-Religionen ) took on similar functions by using different forms and content. Conspiracy theories, for example, became loud during the covid

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Conspiracy theories and their truth trajectories

Mathijs Pelkmans and Rhys Machold

This article aims to reinvigorate analytical debates on conspiracy theories. It argues that definitional attempts to set conspiracy theories apart from other theories are flawed. Blinded by the “irrational” reputation of conspiracy theories and deluded by the workings of institutionalized power such approaches fail to recognize that there are no inherent differences between the two categories. We argue that assessments of conspiracy theories should focus not on the epistemological qualities of these theories but on their interactions with the socio-political fields through which they travel. Because “conspiracy theory” is not a neutral term but a powerful label, attention to processes of labeling highlights these larger fields of power, while the theories’ trajectories illuminate the mechanisms by which truth and untruth are created. As such, this article offers a way forward for assessing both the truth and use value of conspiracy theories in the contemporary world.

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Visions of prosperity and conspiracy in Timor-Leste

Judith Bovensiepen

–wing “conspiracy theories” (e.g. Aarons 2006 ). Across Timor-Leste, visions of radical societal transformation and future wealth derived from gold or oil are frequently accompanied by concerns that outsiders might be conspiring to rob the country of its riches

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Analytic Categories and Claims of Special Knowledge

David G. Robertson

want to contrast and compare two case studies from my own research—Gnosticism and conspiracy theories—to show how our concepts shape our empirical findings and what we conceive of as the stuff for analysis. I don't propose that the issue is restricted

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Suspicious Surfaces and Affective Mistrust in the South Caucasus

Florian Mühlfried

witches thrive in a world saturated by mistrust toward one's neighbors and kinfolk ( Ashforth 1998 ; Geschiere 2013 ; Stoller and Olkes 1987 ). Mistrust also features prominently in anthropological investigations of conspiracy theories, which have

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Are You with Us or Against Us?

Studying Conflicts Over Conspiracy Theories and Overcoming the Great Conspiratorial Divide

Elżbieta Drążkiewicz

two positions available to take: to trust science or to turn to conspiracy theories ( Hamilton and Safford 2021 ; Rutjens et al. 2021 ). Without a doubt, the last two years were the largest medical crises we have experienced in the Western world

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Does Gender Play a Role?

A Gendered Frame Analysis of the Pandemic Skeptic Protests in Austria

Antje Daniel, Markus Brunner, and Florian Knasmüller

nationalist-folkish connotations and conspiracy theories in their visual and atmospheric representation. 4 However, the regular covid -19 protests became a visible force that challenged the government. The protest crowds were mostly made up of (64.1 percent

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William Le Queux, the Zeppelin Menace and the Invisible Hand

Brett Holman

theory, though he was among the first, and this fits with the understanding of Le Queux as a populariser of security anxieties set out in the Introduction. Later and more widely known as the Hidden Hand or Unseen Hand, from 1916 this conspiracy theory

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Of Fascists and Dreamers

Conspiracy Theory and Anthropology

Theodoros Rakopoulos

This article brings conspiracy theory to an immediate level of encounter. It situates in the ethnographic an array of ‘theories’ branded conventionally and anthropologically as ‘conspiracy theories’. This task is needed for two reasons. The

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Repetitions of Desire

Queering the One Direction Fangirl

Hannah McCann and Clare Southerton

the same way that political motivations drive mainstream conspiracy theories, celebrity conspiracy theories morph chimerically to adapt to fans’ narrative needs, You want your celebrity to be LGBTQ, perhaps because you are too and you crave role models