Lockdown, Conspiracy Theories: Inaction, Transmission, Stupidity

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Voela, A. 2021. Lockdown, Conspiracy Theories: Inaction, Transmission, Stupidity. in: Ellis, D. and Voela, A. (ed.) After Lockdown, Opening Up: Psychosocial Transformation in the Wake of COVID-19 Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 271-291
AuthorsVoela, A.
EditorsEllis, D. and Voela, A.
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The pandemic has given rise to numerous conspiracy theories. In the past conspiracy theories have conveyed the voice of marginalized minorities but more recently conspiratorial thinking has been espoused by mainstream media and politics, giving rise to new questions of identity, individuality and ontology. The present chapter explore lockdown conspiracy drawing on Lacan, Simondon and Stiegler. The chapter illustrates how conspiracy theories conjoin subjectivity, truth and knowledge in late capitalism. In order to critique conspiracy theories, this chapter argues, we need to engage in a systematic and indeed radical examination of subjectivity and political power at the ‘end of times’, or more accurately, at a time when the principles of the Enlightenment generally supporting science and reason are beginning to fray at the edges.

Book titleAfter Lockdown, Opening Up: Psychosocial Transformation in the Wake of COVID-19
Page range271-291
Year2021
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
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Print21 Nov 2021
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SeriesStudies in the Psychosocial
ISBN9783030802776
9783030802783
ISSN2662-2637
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-80278-3_14
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