Conspiracy Nation

The Politics of Paranoia in Postwar America


Author: Peter Knight

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 0814747361

Category: History

Page: 278

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Why are Americans today so fascinated by the X-Files? How did rumors emerge about the origins of the AIDS virus as a weapon of biowarfare? Why does the Kennedy assassination provoke heated debate nearly forty years after the fact, and what do we make of Hillary Clinton's accusation of a "vast right-wing conspiracy" against her husband? The origins of these ideas reveal important facets of American culture and politics. Placing conspiracy thinking at the center of American history, and challenging the knee-jerk dismissal of conspiratorial thought as deluded and sometimes dangerous, Conspiracy Nation provides a wide-ranging survey of conspiracy theories in contemporary America. In the 19th century, inflammatory rhetoric about slave revolts, the well-publicized specter of the black rapist, and the formation of the Ku Klux Klan all worked as conspiracy theories to legitimate an emerging sense of national consciousness based on an ideology of white supremacy. Today, panicked responses to increasing multiculturalism and globalization yield new notions of victimhood and new theories about conspiratorial plans for global domination. Offering up a provocative array of examples, ranging from alien abduction to the novels of DeLillo and Pynchon to Tupac Shakur's "paranoid style," Conspiracy Nation documents and unearths the workings of conspiracy in the contemporary moment. Their conclusions, sometimes startling and always compelling, have much to say about the nature of identity and anxiety, imagination and politics, and the state of the American psyche today. Contributors: Clare Birchall, Jack Bratich, Bridget Brown, Jodi Dean, Ingrid Walker Fields, Douglas Kellner, Peter Knight, Fran Mason, John A. McClure, Timothy Melley, Eithne Quinn, and Skip Willman.

Affektpoetiken des New Hollywood

Suspense, Paranoia und Melancholie


Author: Hauke Lehmann

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

ISBN: 3110488760

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 383

View: 1084

How do spectators become emotionally involved in cinema? Starting from this question, the book suggests an original view about a critical period in United States film history. In a detailed analysis of individual films, an image emerges of a complex interplay between three affective modes – suspense, paranoia, and melancholy – which draw the spectators to reflect in unique ways about contradictions in their own feelings.

The Philosophy of Conspiracy Theories


Author: M. Dentith

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137363169

Category: Philosophy

Page: 190

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Conspiracy theories are a popular topic of conversation in everyday life but are often frowned upon in academic discussions. Looking at the recent spate of philosophical interest in conspiracy theories, The Philosophy of Conspiracy Theories looks at whether the assumption that belief in conspiracy theories is typically irrational is well founded

The AIDS Conspiracy

Science Fights Back


Author: Nicoli Nattrass

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231520255

Category: Political Science

Page: 224

View: 5778

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.

They Know Us Better Than We Know Ourselves

The History and Politics of Alien Abduction


Author: Bridget Brown

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 0814786359

Category: History

Page: 247

View: 6359

Since its emergence in the 1960s, belief in alien abduction has saturated popular culture, with the ubiquitous image of the almond-eyed alien appearing on everything from bumper stickers to bars of soap. Drawing on interviews with alleged abductees from the New York area, Bridget Brown suggests a new way for people to think about the alien phenomenon, one that is concerned not with establishing whether aliens actually exist, but with understanding what belief in aliens in America may tell us about our changing understanding of ourselves and our place in the world. They Know Us Better Than We Know Ourselves looks at how the belief in abduction by extraterrestrials is constituted by and through popular discourse and the images provided by print, film, and television. Brown contends that the abduction phenomenon is symptomatic of a period during which people have come to feel increasingly divested of the ability to know what is real or true about themselves and the world in which they live. The alien abduction phenomenon helps us think about how people who feel left out create their own stories and fashion truths that square with their own experience of the world.

Conspiracy Theories

A Critical Introduction


Author: J. Byford

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0230349218

Category: Psychology

Page: 179

View: 6402

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.

The Kennedy assassination


Author: Peter Knight

Publisher: N.A


Category: History

Page: 177

View: 907

An authoritative critical introduction to the way the event of JFK's assassination has been represented in a range of discourses.

North American Critical Theory After Postmodernism

Contemporary Dialogues


Author: P. Nickel

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137262869

Category: Political Science

Page: 249

View: 3466

In a series of interviews this book explores the formative experiences of a generation of critical theorists whose work originated in the midst of what has been called 'the postmodern turn,' including discussions of their views on the evolution of critical theory over the past 30 years and their assessment of contemporary politics.

Amerikanische Religion

Evangelikalismus, Pfingstlertum und Fundamentalismus


Author: Michael Hochgeschwender

Publisher: N.A


Category: Evangelicalism

Page: 316

View: 5952

Langweiliges Verbrechen

Warum KriminologInnen den Umgang mit Kriminalität interessanter finden als Kriminalität


Author: Helge Peters,Michael Dellwing

Publisher: Springer-Verlag

ISBN: 3531934023

Category: Social Science

Page: 215

View: 9834

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.

Öl, Macht und Terror

die Bushs und die Sauds


Author: Craig Unger

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783492244572


Page: 421

View: 5849

Öl, Macht und Terror: Craig Ungers jahrzehntelange Recherchen über die Verbindungen zwischen den Sauds und den Bushs liefern den schockierenden Beweis, daß die geheimen Beziehungen der beiden berühmten Familien dem Zeitalter des Terrors den Weg bereitet und der Tragödie vom 11. September Vorschub geleistet haben. Eine bestürzende Lektüre, die den Präsidenten-Clan von seiner gefährlichen Seite zeigt. >Amerika und die ganze Welt danken Craig Unger für seine klare und präzise Dokumentation der tiefen Verstrickungen des innersten Kreises um Präsident Bush mit den brutalen saudischen Diktatoren.

Popular Feminist Fiction as American Allegory

Representing National Time


Author: Jane Elliott

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

ISBN: 9780230605428

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 240

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Offering a strikingly original treatment of feminist literature, Popular Feminist Fiction as American Allegory argues that feminist novels served as a means of narrating and negotiating the perceived decline of American progress after the 1960s. Elliott analyzes popular tropes ranging from the white middle class housewife trapped in endless domestic labor to the woman of color haunted by a traumatic past--exploring the way in which feminist narratives represented women as unable to access positive futures. In a powerful new reading of temporality in contemporary fiction, Elliott posits that feminism’s image of women trapped in time operated as a potent allegory for the apparent breakdown of futurity in postmodernity.

Tupac Shakur


Author: Carrie Golus

Publisher: Lerner Publications

ISBN: 0822566095

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 112

View: 7348

Explores the life and career of Tupac Shakur, including his childhood, education, success as a rap musician, and death by shooting.



Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: English philology

Page: N.A

View: 9530

Paul Robeson and the Cold War Performance Complex

Race, Madness, Activism


Author: Tony Perucci

Publisher: Theater: Theory/Text/Performan


Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 217

View: 1029

Two key performances by Paul Robeson shed light on the Cold War era

Politischer Extremismus und Radikalismus

Problematisierung und diskursive Gelegenheitsstrukturen in der öffentlichen Kommunikation der Deutschschweiz


Author: Linards Udris

Publisher: Springer-Verlag

ISBN: 3531927728

Category: Political Science

Page: 383

View: 7369

Transparency and conspiracy

ethnographies of suspicion in the new world order


Author: Harry G. West,Todd Sanders

Publisher: Duke University Press Books


Category: Law

Page: 316

View: 7751

Ethnographies of alienated, often occult, responses to economic globalization.