Conspiracy Theories

A Critical Introduction

Authors: Byford, J.

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Through a series of specific questions that cut to the core of conspiracism as a global social and cultural phenomenon this book deconstructs the logic and rhetoric of conspiracy theories and analyses the broader social and psychological factors that contribute to their persistence in modern society.

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JOVAN BYFORD is Lecturer in Psychology at the Open University, UK. He is the author of Denial and Repression of Antisemitism: Post-Communist Remembrance of the Serbian Bishop Nikolaj Velimirovi? (2008) and Conspiracy Theory: Serbia v. the New World Order (2006, in Serbian).

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"Jovan Byford's account as to why conspiracy theories are persistent, proliferating and popular offers a welcome, pertinent and well-constructed survey. [It is a] clear, accessible, illustrated, indexed and erudite text " - Equinox: Journal for Research into Freemasonry and Fraternalism, Vol 3, No 1 (2012), (http://www.equinoxpub.com/journals/index.php/JRFF/article/view/15294/pdf)

"In this book, Jovan Byford has managed to pull off a neat little trick. He has produced a book that not only provides an excellent introduction to the psychology of belief in conspiracy theories for the beginner but also provides food for thought for those already working in the area." - Chris French, Goldsmiths, UK

"In this book Jovan Byford provides a clear, concise and compelling guide to conspiracy theories. He explains where they come from, why people believe in them, and what the political consequences are. Given the vast increase in talk of conspiracy in the age of the internet, there is a real need for an accessible yet critical introduction to the topic, and this book provides it." Peter Knight, University of Manchester, UK


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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Conspiracy Theories
Book Subtitle
A Critical Introduction
Authors
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-34921-6
DOI
10.1057/9780230349216
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-27279-8
Softcover ISBN
978-1-137-52024-1
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-32350-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 179
Topics