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Conspiracy Theories: Secrecy and Power in American Culture

Conspiracy Theories: Secrecy and Power in American Culture
  

In this new edition of the landmark work, and the first in-depth look at the conspiracy communities that formed to debunk the 9/11 Commission Report, Fenster shows that conspiracy theories play an important role in U.S. democracy. Examining how and why they circulate through mass... read full description below.

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ISBN 9780816654949
Barcode 9780816654949
Published 15 October 2008 by University of Minnesota Press
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback, 2nd Revised edition
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Author(s) By Fenster, Mark
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ISBN-13 9780816654949
ISBN-10 0816654948
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; usually ships 2-3 weeks
Publisher University of Minnesota Press
Imprint University of Minnesota Press
Publication Date 15 October 2008
International Publication Date 29 July 2008
Publication Country United States United States
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback, 2nd Revised edition
Edition 2nd Revised edition
Author(s) By Fenster, Mark
Category Conspiracy Theories
Number of Pages 400
Dimensions Width: 152mm
Height: 229mm
Spine: 28mm
Weight 508g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Conspiracies - United States, Conspiracy theories - United States
NBS Text Social Studies: General
ONIX Text General/trade;Professional and scholarly
Dewey Code 306.0973
Catalogue Code 963743

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In this new edition of the landmark work, and the first in-depth look at the conspiracy communities that formed to debunk the 9/11 Commission Report, Fenster shows that conspiracy theories play an important role in U.S. democracy. Examining how and why they circulate through mass culture, he contends, helps us better understand society as a whole. Ranging from The Da Vinci Code to the intellectual history of Richard Hofstadter, he argues that dismissing conspiracy theories as pathological or marginal flattens contemporary politics and culture because they are-contrary to popular portrayal-an intense articulation of populism and, at their essence, are strident calls for a better, more transparent government. Fenster has demonstrated once again that the people who claim someone's after us are, at least, worth hearing.

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