Conspiracy Theories: A Primer

October 31, 2020
Conspiracy Theories: A Primer

Conspiracy theories are a part of the humancondition.Everyone believes at least one, but given the number ofconspiracy theories, it is more likely that everyone believes afew. Some people have a worldview defined by them. Conspiracytheories are just another reminder that people disagree about manythings, including truth. These disagreements have always existedand always will. We have to live with conspiracy theories and withthe people who believe them. The only way to do this is havecompassion and tolerance for others, and to hold our own beliefs tohigh standards. This book introduces students to the research intoconspiracy theories and the people who propagate and believe them.In doing so, it addresses the psychological, sociological, andpolitical sources of conspiracy theorizingUscinski rigorously analyzes the most current arguments andevidence while providing numerous real-world examples so studentscan contextualize the current debates. Each chapter addressesimportant current questions, provides conceptual tools, definesimportant terms, and introduces the appropriate methods ofanalysis.