A Culture of Conspiracy: Apocalyptic Visions in Contemporary America / Edition 1

A Culture of Conspiracy: Apocalyptic Visions in Contemporary America / Edition 1

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by Michael Barkun
     
 


"Tracing the beliefs in various conspiracies and mega-conspiracies in literature, apocalyptic and political writing, and popular culture, Barkun creates an exceptional and invaluable genealogy of the extraordinary permutations that these ideas have undergone since WWII and, of course, as a result of the Internet. Barkun dives into the religious and political… See more details below

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"Tracing the beliefs in various conspiracies and mega-conspiracies in literature, apocalyptic and political writing, and popular culture, Barkun creates an exceptional and invaluable genealogy of the extraordinary permutations that these ideas have undergone since WWII and, of course, as a result of the Internet. Barkun dives into the religious and political matrix of what some call the "lunatic fringe," forcing us to look at the revival and spread of conspiracist thinking on an even grander scale into broad reaches of American culture. For those who think conspiracy thinking is a fading phenomenon, or a cultural phenomenon of little significance or creativity, think again. Welcome to the third millennium."--Richard Landes, Director, Center for Millennial Studies at Boston University; editor of The Encyclopedia of Millennial Movements and author of Relics, Apocalypse, and the Deceits of History

"Millennial dreams, apocalyptic nightmares populated by agents of the Antichrist, space aliens, and acolytes of the New World Order-With a calm approach and scrupulous academic bearings, Barkun navigates through the reefs of conspiracist allegation from the cosmic to the comic, from Biblical prophecy to Internet alerts."--Chip Berlet, co-author of Right-Wing Populism in America

"This is a gripping, and at times scary, book. Michael Barkun, one of our most respected political scientists, has produced a meticulously researched and highly perceptive account of those who find credible an incredible assortment of nefarious conspiracies emanating not only from the Jews, Masons, Catholics and politicians in our midst, but also from ' out there.' This book should be read by everyone who believes that there are some ways of checking the differences between truths and fantasies - and by everyone who doesn' t."--Eileen Barker, Professor of Sociology, the London School of Economics

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520238053
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
11/07/2003
Series:
Comparative Studies in Religion and Society Series, #15
Pages:
255
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.75(d)
Lexile:
1480L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Preface
1The Nature of Conspiracy Belief1
2Millennialism, Conspiracy, and Stigmatized Knowledge15
3New World Order Conspiracies I: The New World Order and the Illuminati39
4New World Order Conspiracies II: A World of Black Helicopters65
5UFO Conspiracy Theories, 1975-199079
6UFOs Meet the New World Order: Jim Keith and David Icke98
7Armageddon Below110
8UFOs and the Search for Scapegoats I: Anti-Catholicism and Anti-Masonry126
9UFOs and the Search for Scapegoats II: Anti-Semitism among the Aliens141
10September II: Aftermath158
11Conclusion: Millennialists from Outer Space170
Notes191
Bibliography221
Index239

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