The Leading eBooks Store Online 4,041,502 members ⚫ 1,330,841 ebooks

New to

Learn more

Conspiracy Theories

Secrecy and Power in American Culture

Conspiracy Theories by Mark Fenster
Buy this eBook
US$ 67.50
(If any tax is payable it will be calculated and shown at checkout.)
JFK, Karl Marx, the Pope, Aristotle Onassis, Queen Elizabeth II, Howard Hughes, Fox Mulder, Bill Clinton—all have been linked to vastly complicated global (or even galactic) intrigues. In this enlightening tour of conspiracy theories, Mark Fenster guides readers through this shadowy world and analyzes its complex role in American culture and politics. Fenster argues that conspiracy theories are a form of popular political interpretation and contends that understanding how they circulate through mass culture helps us better understand our society as a whole. To that end, he discusses Richard Hofstadter’s The Paranoid Style in American Politics, the militia movement, The X-Files, popular Christian apocalyptic thought, and such artifacts of suspicion as The Turner Diaries, the Illuminatus! trilogy, and the novels of Richard Condon. Fenster analyzes the “conspiracy community” of radio shows, magazine and book publishers, Internet resources, and role-playing games that promote these theories. In this world, the very denial of a conspiracy’s existence becomes proof that it exists, and the truth is always “out there.” He believes conspiracy theory has become a thrill for a bored subculture, one characterized by its members’ reinterpretation of “accepted” history, their deep cynicism about contemporary politics, and their longing for a utopian future. Fenster’s progressive critique of conspiracy theories both recognizes the secrecy and inequities of power in contemporary politics and economics and works toward effective political engagement. Probing conspiracy theory’s tendencies toward scapegoating, racism, and fascism, as well as Hofstadter’s centrist acceptance of a postwar American “consensus,” he advocates what conspiracy theory wants but cannot articulate: a more inclusive, engaging political culture.
University of Minnesota Press; April 1999
314 pages; ISBN 9780816689736
Read online, or download in secure PDF format
Title: Conspiracy Theories
Author: Mark Fenster
  • News
Donald Trump says 'a global power structure' is out to stop him - Alaska Dispatch News
Fri, 14 Oct 2016 09:19:27 -0700
Toronto StarDonald Trump says 'a global power structure' is out to stop himAlaska Dispatch NewsDonald Trump has ...
Live Chat with Mark Fenster: author, professor and researcher of conspiracy theories - TPM (blog)
Thu, 14 Jan 2016 05:30:00 -0800
Live Chat with Mark Fenster: author, professor and researcher of conspiracy theoriesTPM (blog)Fenster, the author of Conspiracy ...
Hillary Clinton secrecy fuels conspiracy theories - Washington Times
Thu, 15 Sep 2016 02:28:41 -0700
Washington TimesHillary Clinton secrecy fuels conspiracy theoriesWashington TimesThat's all new,” said Mark Fenster, a ...