Conspiracy Panics

Author: Jack Z. Bratich
Publisher: SUNY Press
ISBN: 9780791473344
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Examines contemporary anxiety over the phenomenon of conspiracy theories.

Langweiliges Verbrechen

Author: Helge Peters
Publisher: Springer-Verlag
ISBN: 3531934023
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Crime ist – neben Sex – ein spannendes Thema. Die Boulevardpresse bestätigt das täglich. Gerade aber eine wachsende Zahl von KriminologInnen sieht das anders. Sie finden das Verbrechen langweilig. Kriminalität ist für sie das Ergebnis von Etikettierungen. Und diese Etikettierungen interessieren sie – unter interaktionstheoretischen, sozial-ökologischen, polit-ökonomischen und herrschaftssoziologischen Gesichtspunkten. Die Wahrnehmungs- und Bedeutsamkeitsdifferenzen zwischen einem Großteil der KriminalwissenschaftlerInnen und großen Teilen der Bevölkerung sind größer geworden. Der Band gibt viele Antworten auf die mit diesen Entwicklungen gestellten Fragen.

American Political Culture An Encyclopedia 3 volumes

Author: Mark J. Rozell
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 1610693787
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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This all-encompassing encyclopedia provides a broad perspective on U.S. politics, culture, and society, but also goes beyond the facts to consider the myths, ideals, and values that help shape and define the nation. • Offers approximately 225 entries covering U.S. politics, culture, society, and beliefs • Includes an introductory overview of the forces that have shaped and continue to shape American political culture and a concluding essay that gathers key thematic threads and looks toward the future • Covers the myriad ways in which American political culture influences other aspects of American society • Examines how cultural symbols and beliefs are manipulated to advance political interests and establish government authority • Connects new issues such as social media and sexual politics with the political culture

The AIDS Conspiracy

Author: Nicoli Nattrass
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0231520255
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Since the early days of the AIDS epidemic, many bizarre and dangerous hypotheses have been advanced to explain the origins of the disease. In this compelling book, Nicoli Nattrass explores the social and political factors prolonging the erroneous belief that the American government manufactured the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) to be used as a biological weapon, as well as the myth's consequences for behavior, especially within African American and black South African communities. Contemporary AIDS denialism, the belief that HIV is harmless and that antiretroviral drugs are the true cause of AIDS, is a more insidious AIDS conspiracy theory. Advocates of this position make a "conspiratorial move" against HIV science by implying its methods cannot be trusted and that untested, alternative therapies are safer than antiretrovirals. These claims are genuinely life-threatening, as tragically demonstrated in South Africa when the delay of antiretroviral treatment resulted in nearly 333,000 AIDS deaths and 180,000 HIV infections—a tragedy of stunning proportions. Nattrass identifies four symbolically powerful figures ensuring the lifespan of AIDS denialism: the hero scientist (dissident scientists who lend credibility to the movement); the cultropreneur (alternative therapists who exploit the conspiratorial move as a marketing mechanism); the living icon (individuals who claim to be living proof of AIDS denialism's legitimacy); and the praise-singer (journalists who broadcast movement messages to the public). Nattrass also describes how pro-science activists have fought back by deploying empirical evidence and political credibility to resist AIDS conspiracy theories, which is part of the crucial project to defend evidence-based medicine.

Conspiracy Theories

Author: J. Byford
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 0230349218
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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.

A Culture of Conspiracy

Author: Michael Barkun
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 9780520248120
Format: PDF, ePub
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Unravelling the genealogies and permutations of conspiracist worldviews, this work shows how this web of urban legends has spread among sub-cultures on the Internet and through mass media, and how this phenomenon relates to larger changes in American culture.

Politics of Fear

Author: Frank Furedi
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 9780826492944
Format: PDF
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This brilliant and provocative book, argues the case for a more confident, robust politics - adapting effectively to change. Furedi shows how modern politics revolves around the way we regard people.