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Conspiracy theories : secrecy and power in American culture

Author: Mark Fenster
Publisher: Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, ©2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Rev. and updated edView all editions and formats
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Legal scholar Mark Fenster argues that conspiracy theories are a form of popular political interpretation and contends that understanding how they circulate through mass culture helps us better understand American society as a whole. To that end, he discusses Richard Hofstadter's The Paranoid Style in American Politics, the militia movement, The X-Files, popular Christian apocalyptic thought, and such artifacts of  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Mark Fenster
ISBN: 9780816654949 0816654948 9780816654932 081665493X
OCLC Number: 212908873
Description: x, 371 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction : We're all conspiracy theorists now --
Conspiracy as politics --
Theorizing conspiracy politics : the problem of the "paranoid style" --
When the senator met the commander : from pathology to populism --
Conspiracy as cultural practice --
Finding the plot : conspiracy theory as interpretation --
Uncovering the plot : conspiracy theory as narrative --
Plotting the rush : conspiracy, community, and play --
Conspiracy communities --
The prophetic plot : millennialism and Christian conspiracy theory --
A failure of imagination : completing narratives of 9/11 truth --
Afterword : Conspiracy theory, cultural studies, and the trouble with populism.
Responsibility: Mark Fenster.

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