Paranoia Within Reason: A Casebook on Conspiracy as Explanation

Overview


Like the McCarthy era of the 1950s, there is a strong current of paranoid social thought as the end of the century approaches. Conspiracy theories abound, not only in extremist ideologies and groups, but in commerce, science, and economics-arenas where a paranoid style is least expected. A curiosity about paranoia at its most reasonable is at the root of this volume.

Some pieces develop conversations that reveal the post-Cold War situations of countries such as Italy, Russia, ...

See more details below
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (5) from $37.99   
  • New (3) from $37.99   
  • Used (2) from $39.22   
Sending request ...

Overview


Like the McCarthy era of the 1950s, there is a strong current of paranoid social thought as the end of the century approaches. Conspiracy theories abound, not only in extremist ideologies and groups, but in commerce, science, and economics-arenas where a paranoid style is least expected. A curiosity about paranoia at its most reasonable is at the root of this volume.

Some pieces develop conversations that reveal the post-Cold War situations of countries such as Italy, Russia, Slovenia, and the United States where conspiratorial explanations of national dramas seem to make sense. Other pieces tackle paranoia as a style of debate in such diverse realms as science, psychotherapy, and popular entertainment, where conspiracy theories emerge as a compelling way to address the inadequacies of rational expertise and organization in the face of immense changes that undermine them. Like all of the volumes in the Late Edition series, Paranoia Within Reason offers a provocative challenge to our ways of understanding the ongoing watershed changes that face us.

Read More Show Less

Product Details

Meet the Author


George E. Marcus is professor of political science at Williams College.
Read More Show Less

Table of Contents


Preface: A Reintroduction to the Series
Introduction to the Volume: The Paranoid Style Now
George E. Marcus
1. Conspiracy Theory's Worlds
Kathleen Stewart
2. Paranoid, Critical, Methodical: Dalí, Koolhaas, and . . .
Jamer Hunt
I. Paranoia within Reason
3. The Extraterritoriality of Imre Lakatos: A Conversation with János Radványi
John Kadvany
4. Entangled States: Quantum Teleportation and the "Willies"
Michael Fortun
5. The Detection and Attribution of Conspiracies: The Controversy Over Chapter 8
Myanna Lahsen
6. The New Alienists: Healing Shattered Selves at Century's End
Michael F. Brown
7. Due Diligence and the Pursuit of Transparency: The Securities and Exchange Commission, 1996
Kim and Michael Fortun
II. Paranoid Histories
8. The Usual Suspects
Andrea Aureli
9. A Toast to Fear: Ethnographic Flashes and Two Quasi-Aphorisms
Luiz E. Soares
10. The Return of the Repressed: Conversations with Three Russian Entrepreneurs
Bruce Grant
11. Udbomafija and the Rhetoric of Conspiracy
Tatiana Bajuk
III. Paranoid Presents
12. The Judas Kiss of Giulio Andreotti: Italy in Purgatorio
Robin Wagner-Pacifici
13. Tactical Thuggery: National Socialism in the East End of London
Douglas R. Holmes
14. Lone Gunmen: Legacies of the Gulf War, Illness, and Unseen Enemies
Kim Fortun
15. Deus Absconditus: Waco, Conspiracy (Theory), Millennialism, and (the End of) the Twentieth Century
James D. Faubion
16. An American Theme Park: Working and Riding Out Paranoia in the Late Twentieth Century
Scott A. Lukas
Contributors
Index
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)