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Comparative Studies in Religion and Society #15: A Culture of Conspiracy: Apocalyptic Visions in Contemporary America

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Publisher Comments:

"Tracing the beliefs in various conspiracies and mega-conspiracies in literature, apocalyptic and political writing, and popular culture, Barkun creates an exceptional and invaluable genealogy of the extraordinary permutations that these ideas have undergone since WWII and, of course, as a result of the Internet. Barkun dives into the religious and political matrix of what some call the "lunatic fringe," forcing us to look at the revival and spread of conspiracist thinking on an even grander scale into broad reaches of American culture. For those who think conspiracy thinking is a fading phenomenon, or a cultural phenomenon of little significance or creativity, think again. Welcome to the third millennium."—Richard Landes, Director, Center for Millennial Studies at Boston University; editor of The Encyclopedia of Millennial Movements and author of Relics, Apocalypse, and the Deceits of History

"Millennial dreams, apocalyptic nightmares populated by agents of the Antichrist, space aliens, and acolytes of the New World Order-With a calm approach and scrupulous academic bearings, Barkun navigates through the reefs of conspiracist allegation from the cosmic to the comic, from Biblical prophecy to Internet alerts."—Chip Berlet, co-author of Right-Wing Populism in America

"This is a gripping, and at times scary, book. Michael Barkun, one of our most respected political scientists, has produced a meticulously researched and highly perceptive account of those who find credible an incredible assortment of nefarious conspiracies emanating not only from the Jews, Masons, Catholics and politicians in our midst, but also from ' out there. This book should be read by everyone who believes that there are some ways of checking the differences between truths and fantasies - and by everyone who doesn' t."—Eileen Barker, Professor of Sociology, the London School of Economics

Synopsis:

With a calm approach and scrupulous academic bearings, Barkun navigates through the history of conspiracy theories from the cosmic to the comic, from Biblical prophecy to Internet alerts. Millennial dreams, apocalyptic nightmares populated by agents of the Antichrist, space aliens, and acolytes of the New World Order fill this colorful study. <P>

Synopsis:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 221-238) and index.

About the Author

Michael Barkun, Professor of Political Science at the Maxwell School, Syracuse University, is author of Religion and the Racist Right: The Origins of the Christian Identity Movement (revised edition 1997) and Disaster and the Millennium (1986), among other books.

Table of Contents

Preface

1. The Nature of Conspiracy Belief

2. Millennialism, Conspiracy, and Stigmatized Knowledge

3. New World Order Conspiracies I: The New World Order and the Illuminati

4. New World Order Conspiracies II: A World of Black Helicopters

5. UFO Conspiracy Theories, 1975–1990

6. UFOs Meet the New World Order: Jim Keith and David Icke

7. Armageddon Below

8. UFOs and the Search for Scapegoats I: Anti-Catholicism and Anti-Masonry

9. UFOs and the Search for Scapegoats II: Anti-Semitism among the Aliens

10. September 11: The Aftermath

11. Conclusion: Millennialists from Outer Space

Notes

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520238053
Subtitle:
Apocalyptic Visions in Contemporary America
Publisher:
University of California Press
Author:
Barkun, Michael
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Location:
Berkeley
Subject:
General
Subject:
Sociology - General
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Conspiracies
Subject:
Millennialism
Subject:
Conspiracy & Scandal Investigations
Subject:
Human-alien encounters
Subject:
Conspiracies -- United States.
Subject:
Human-alien encounters -- United States.
Subject:
Christianity
Subject:
anthropology;cultural anthropology
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series:
Comparative Studies in Religion and Society
Series Volume:
15
Publication Date:
20031107
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
1 table
Pages:
255
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.63 in 0.13 lb

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Politics » Covert Government and Conspiracy Theory
Metaphysics » Skeptics and Debunkers

Comparative Studies in Religion and Society #15: A Culture of Conspiracy: Apocalyptic Visions in Contemporary America
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Product details 255 pages University of California Press - English 9780520238053 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , With a calm approach and scrupulous academic bearings, Barkun navigates through the history of conspiracy theories from the cosmic to the comic, from Biblical prophecy to Internet alerts. Millennial dreams, apocalyptic nightmares populated by agents of the Antichrist, space aliens, and acolytes of the New World Order fill this colorful study. <P>
"Synopsis" by , Includes bibliographical references (p. 221-238) and index.
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