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Konšpiračné teórie: témy, historické kontexty a argumentačné stratégie.
Conspiracy Theories: themes, historical contexts and argumentation strategies.

Author(s): Zuzana Panczová
Subject(s): Politics, Anthropology, Energy and Environmental Studies, Sociology, History of ideas, Social history, Theology and Religion
Published by: Ústav etnológie a sociálnej antropológie Slovenskej akadémie vied
Keywords: social life; conspiracy theories; scientific research overview;
Summary/Abstract: Conspiracy theories concern important and sensitive spheres of social life which, at the same time, represent a source of group tensions (issues of the morale, religion, environment, natural disasters, wars, etc.), introducing in such tensions and uncertainty revelations of their alleged originators and visions of the assumed future consequences. The publication deals with conspiracy theories from several angles. The book chapters clarify the definitions of the terms, provide an overview of recent research, describe the historical and ideological contexts of conspiracy theories popular also in Slovakia, and offer examples of textual analyses of internet discussions. The research, which forms the basis of this work, has been conducted on a continuous basis since 2003. At that time, this topic was marginal in Slovakia, yet with an increasing need for scientific reflection. The purpose of the book is to present an overview of the scientific research conducted so far, using a language which is more comprehensible to readers outside the scientific community.

  • E-ISBN-13: 978-80-224-1546-0
  • Print-ISBN-13: 978-80-224-1546-0
  • Page Count: 160
  • Publication Year: 2017
  • Language: Slovak