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Conspiracy Theories and the Study of Religion(s): What We are Talking about, and Why it is Important
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Ethnology, History of Religions and Gender Studies, History of Religions.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9944-1241
2018 (English)In: Handbook of Conspiracy Theories and Contemporary Religion / [ed] Asbjørn Dyrendal, David G. Robertson, Egil Asprem, Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers, 2018, p. 19-47Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Conspiracy theory and religion are both contested categories. They are ’complex cultural concepts’ the use of which depends on the specific social formations making use of them. These constructions, all involving struggles over power, meaning, and signification, can both help and hinder interdisciplinary dialogue and multidisiplinary approaches. In this chapter we trace some of the building blocks that different academic disciplines bring to and make use of in their study of conspiracy theory to show the potential connections and delineate some of the conflicts. The chapter centres on the building blocks going into studying conspiracy theory as knowledge and as narrative, and goes on to highlight some of the potential ties to the study of religion.

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Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers, 2018. p. 19-47
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Brill Handbooks on Contemporary Religion, ISSN 1874-6691 ; 17
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conspiracy theory, religion
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History of Religions
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-162464DOI: 10.1163/9789004382022_003ISBN: 978-90-04-38150-6 (print)ISBN: 978-90-04-38202-2 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-162464DiVA, id: diva2:1266339
Available from: 2018-11-27 Created: 2018-11-27 Last updated: 2019-08-21Bibliographically approved

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