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Afterword: Further Reflections, Future Directions
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 Theory and Contemporary Religion / [ed] Asbjørn Dyrendal, David G. Robertson, Egil Asprem, Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers, 2018, p. 527-534Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

While the handbook as a whole establishes the study of conspiracy theory as an interdisciplinary subfield in the study of religion and transcends the usual geographic limits in studies of conspiracy beliefs, this afterword identifies key topics that should be developed further in future research. Mediatization, transnational flows, and glocalized uses of conspiracy theories are topics that continue current research trends, but there is also need for considering the role of specific religious organizations. The dynamic relationship between organized religion and state power, when conspiracism is disseminated from above, is another area that tends to be overlooked in current research. Some geographical and cultural areas are left all but untouched, with conspiracy thinking in non-literate societies a particularly glaring lacuna. A broadening of methodological approaches is also warranted. Gender, sexuality, and the body are central loci for both organized religion and conspiracy theories, but notably absent from existing research. Finally, the role that religion might play not only in the creation, spread and adoption of conspiracy beliefs, but also in in resistance against them deserves further attention.

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Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers, 2018. p. 527-534
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Brill Handbooks on Contemporary Religion, ISSN 1874-6691 ; 17
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History of Religions
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-162465ISBN: 978-90-04-38150-6 (print)ISBN: 978-90-04-38202-2 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-162465DiVA, id: diva2:1266340
Available from: 2018-11-27 Created: 2018-11-27 Last updated: 2019-08-21Bibliographically approved

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