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American Conspiracy Theories

Joseph E. Uscinski and Joseph M. Parent


Conspiracies theories are some of the most striking features in the American political landscape: the Kennedy assassination, aliens at Roswell, subversion by Masons, Jews, Catholics, or communists, and modern movements like Birtherism and Trutherism. But what do we really know about conspiracy theories? Do they share general causes? Are they becoming more common? More dangerous? Who is targeted and why? Who are the conspiracy theorists? How has technology affected conspiracy theorizing? This book draws on three sources of original, systematic, data—120,000 letters to the editor of the New York ... More

Keywords: American culture, Internet, communications technologies, conspiracy theories, conspiratorial beliefs, power asymmetries, threat perception

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199351800
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199351800.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joseph E. Uscinski, author
University of Miami

Joseph M. Parent, author
University of Miami