Conspiracy Panics: Political Rationality and Popular Culture

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SUNY Press, 7 lut 2008 - 229
While most other works focus on conspiracy theories, this book examines conspiracy panics, or the anxiety over the phenomenon of conspiracy theories. Jack Z. Bratich argues that conspiracy theories are portals into the major social issues defining U.S. and global political culture. These issues include the rise of new technologies, the social function of journalism, U.S. race relations, citizenship and dissent, globalization, biowarfare and biomedicine, and the shifting positions within the Left. Using a Foucauldian governmentality analysis, Bratich maintains that conspiracy panics contribute to a broader political rationality, a (neo)liberal strategy of governing at a distance through the use of reason. He also explores the growing popularity of 9/11 conspiracy research in terms of what he calls the sphere of legitimate dissensus. Conspiracy Panics concludes that we are witnessing a new fusion of culture and rationality, one that is increasingly shared across the political spectrum.
 

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POLITICAL SCIENCE FICTION Expert Monitors Excessive Skepticism and Preventive Rationality
25
POP GOES THE PROFESSION Journalism New Media Culture and Populism
51
TRUST NO ONE ON THE INTERNET Gary Webb Popular Technologies and Professional Journalism
79
LEFT BEHIND AIDS Biowarfare and the Politics of Articulation
97
GOING GLOBAL 911 Popular Investigations and the Sphere of Legitimate Dissensus
123
CONCLUSION
159
AIDS Conspiracy Theory Chart
171
Notes
175
References
189
Index
219
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Jack Z. Bratich is Assistant Professor of Journalism and Media Studies at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey and the coeditor (with Jeremy Packer and Cameron McCarthy) of Foucault, Cultural Studies, and Governmentality, also published by SUNY Press.

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