Some effects of conspiracy thinking and paranoid labelling
Harper, D. 2000. Some effects of conspiracy thinking and paranoid labelling. Clio's Psyche. 7, pp. 112-113.
Discussions about conspiracy theories and paranoia always seem, to me, to be dualistic but what I want to argue here is that they are flip-sides of the same coin. When someone takes up a position where they feel they know what is really going on in the world, drawing on conspiracy theories, they will be seen by some as paranoid. Rather than develop an intentionalist view of this, however, I want to examine some of the effects of both taking on a conspiratorial position and of positioning the other (an individual, group, organisation, nation and so on) as paranoid. In other words, what do we do by believing in conspiracy theories and what do we do when we call others paranoid?
|Keywords||conspiracy theories; Paranoia|
|Journal citation||7, pp. 112-113|
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|Web address (URL)||http://www.cliospsyche.org|
|Publication process dates|
|Deposited||09 Mar 2010|
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