Conspiracy Nation

The Politics of Paranoia in Postwar America

Author: Peter Knight

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 0814747361

Category: History

Page: 278

View: 3524

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: 6102

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

View: 8976

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: 2809

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: 628

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.

The Kennedy assassination

Author: Peter Knight

Publisher: N.A


Category: History

Page: 177

View: 6683

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

Conspiracy Theories

A Critical Introduction

Author: J. Byford

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0230349218

Category: Psychology

Page: 179

View: 6493

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.

North American Critical Theory After Postmodernism

Contemporary Dialogues

Author: P. Nickel

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137262869

Category: Political Science

Page: 249

View: 9043

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.

Die Hypermacht

USA in Nahaufnahme

Author: Stefan Fuchs

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783894014124

Category: Authors

Page: 159

View: 8039



Der Hinterhalt - Roman

Author: Trevor Shane

Publisher: Goldmann Verlag

ISBN: 3641076811

Category: Fiction

Page: 480

View: 8897

In einer Welt, in der es nur drei Regeln gibt und jeder ein tödlicher Feind sein könnte, kämpft eine Liebe ums Überleben Seit er 18 Jahre alt ist, ist Joseph ein Killer. Ein Anruf genügt, und Joseph nimmt die Verfolgung auf. Warum er das tut, kann er nicht sagen. Er weiß nur, dass ein unerbittlicher Kampf zwischen zwei verfeindeten Gruppen entbrannt ist – und dass er auf der Seite der Guten steht, für die er aus tiefster Überzeugung kämpft. Nur wer zuerst tötet, wird überleben, denn der Gegner lauert überall, und jeder, der seinen Weg kreuzt, kann sein Mörder sein. Lange Zeit geht alles gut, doch dann gerät er an einem einsamen Strand in New Jersey in einen Hinterhalt, der ihn beinahe das Leben kostet. In letzter Sekunde kann er entkommen und flieht nach Kanada, wo ihm allerdings ein verhängnisvoller Fehler unterläuft: Er begegnet Maria und verliebt sich unsterblich in sie. Doch damit verstößt er gegen ein ehernes Gesetz, und die gnadenlose Rache seiner Feinde ist ihm sicher ...

Tupac Shakur

Author: Carrie Golus

Publisher: Lerner Publications

ISBN: 0822566095

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 112

View: 559

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

Amerikanische Religion

Evangelikalismus, Pfingstlertum und Fundamentalismus

Author: Michael Hochgeschwender

Publisher: N.A


Category: Evangelicalism

Page: 316

View: 2940


The Legend of John Wilkes Booth

Myth, Memory, and a Mummy

Author: C. Wyatt Evans

Publisher: N.A


Category: History

Page: 269

View: 1321

Assessing the diverse ways in which collective memories and popular histories collide, a compelling study sheds light on the need to mythologize the tragedies of the Civil War, including the popular story that John Wilkes Booth escaped his pursuers, an event that became a government cover-up.


Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: English philology

Page: N.A

View: 3915


On the fault line

race, class, and the American patriot movement

Author: Carolyn Gallaher

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Pub Inc


Category: Political Science

Page: 273

View: 1992

On the Fault Line examines the American Patriot Movement--a broad, right-wing social movement that includes militias, Second Amendment activists, tax protestors, and individuals who drop out of the system. For all those interested in the fluctuating systems of power within the United States, Gallaher's work proves to be a fascinating and unique analysis.