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The goal of this volume is to explore the social and political dynamics of rumor and the related concept of urban or contemporary legend. These forms of communication often appear in tandem with social problems, including riots, racial or political violence, and social and economic upheavals. The volume emphasizes the connection of rumor to a set of social concerns from government corruption and corporate scandal, to racial, religious, and other prejudices. Central to the dialogue are issues of truth, belief, history, public policy, and evidence.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780202307473
  • Publisher: Transaction Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/1/2005
  • Series: Social Problems and Social Issues Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 284
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Table of Contents

Rumor matters : an introductory essay 1
I The social production of conflict and prejudice
Introduction 11
1 Dramatic rumors and truthful appearances : the medieval myth of ritual murder by proxy 15
2 Rumors in times of war and cataclysm : a historical perspective 31
3 Rumors and religious riots 53
4 Mafia in Meran? : rumors and legends surrounding the "leather connection" : a case study 61
II The spread of rumors
Introduction 81
5 Psychological motivations in rumor spread 87
6 From evil others to evil elites : a dominant pattern in conspiracy theories today 103
7 Legend/antilegend : humor as an integral part of the contemporary legend process 123
8 How rumor begets rumor : collective memory, ethnic conflict, and reproductive rumors in Cameroon 141
9 The effects of legends, rumors, and related genres on audiences 159
III The creation of plausibility
Introduction 169
10 Fashion, topical jokes, and rumor as short-term enthusiasms 173
11 Celebrating Arabs and grateful terrorists : rumor and the politics of plausibility 189
12 Beyond rumor and legend : some aspects of academic communication 207
13 Negatory rumors : from the denial of reality to conspiracy theory 223
14 Social construction and social consequences : rumors and evidence 241
Conclusion - rumor and legend : seven questions 255
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