Conspiracy Theory Discourses

Editors
ORCID logoMassimiliano Demata | University of Turin
Virginia Zorzi | University of Bergamo
ORCID logoAngela Zottola | University of Turin
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Conspiracy Theory Discourses addresses a crucial phenomenon in the current political and communicative context: conspiracy theories. The social impact of conspiracy theories is wide-ranging and their influence on the political life of many nations is increasing. Conspiracy Theory Discourses bridges an important gap by bringing discourse-based insights to existing knowledge about conspiracy theories, which has so far developed in research areas other than Linguistics and Discourse Studies. The chapters in this volume call attention to conspiracist discourses as deeply ingrained ways to interpret reality and construct social identities. They are based on multiple, partly overlapping analytical frameworks, including Critical Discourse Analysis, rhetoric, metaphor studies, multimodality, and corpus-based, quali-quantitative approaches. These approaches are an entry point to further explore the environments which enable the proliferation of conspiracy theories, and the paramount role of discourse in furthering conspiracist interpretations of reality.
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“This volume provides a necessary and timely intervention into CDS, as it tackles a disturbing trend that has gained prominence in political discourse over the last ten years and yet remained understudied by linguists. Another strength of the volume is that it is not restricted to English-language data; studies on French, Chinese, Spanish, Macedonian, Hungarian and Portuguese feature here as well, and this provides us a more global understanding of the current state of affairs rather than being restricted to Anglophone nations. Contributors also express a remarkable degree of understanding towards followers of conspiracy theories, which often arise in times of great social and political turbulence; Fiammenghi’s plea to scholars to avoid alienating such followers should be heeded by all. [...] This volume provides an excellent state-of-the-art into how critical discourse theorists can approach the present-day spectre of conspiracy theories.”
“Aiming at adding a new page into the extant literature in terms of how conspiracy theories could be assessed and dealt with as a discursive and linguistic phenomenon, this volume is pivotal in that it has managed to cope with the issue raised by Douglas et al. (2019) as for the “methodology taken to understand the communication of conspiracy theories” not through self-report surveys or laboratory simulations but through the observations and researches based on real-time and real-life data. [...] Overall, the work makes theoretical and methodological contributions by integrating a wide range of theories into its discussions. Scholars in the fields of social science, discourse analysis, communication, and foreign relations will find much to enjoy in this collection. There are numerous case studies and a solid philosophical framework in this book.”
“Much research on conspiracy theories has been rooted in disciplines such as sociology, philosophy, psychology, and communication studies, with the field of discourse analysis being relatively underrepresented. Conspiracy Theory Discourses successfully amends this underrepresentation. The volume convincingly demonstrates the potential for discourse analysis to investigate conspiracy theory discourse. It covers an immense array of topics, thus setting the scene for future research. [...] It represents a milestone paving the way for exciting advances in discourse-analytical studies of conspiracy theories, with each chapter presenting significant and innovative findings.”
“Much research on conspiracy theories has been rooted in disciplines such as sociology, philosophy, psychology, and communication studies, with the field of discourse analysis being relatively underrepresented. Conspiracy Theory Discourses successfully amends this underrepresentation. The volume convincingly demonstrates the potential for discourse analysis to investigate conspiracy theory discourse. It covers an immense array of topics, thus setting the scene for future research. [...] It represents a milestone paving the way for exciting advances in discourse-analytical studies of conspiracy theories, with each chapter presenting significant and innovative findings.”
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Subjects

Communication Studies

Communication Studies

Main BIC Subject

CFG: Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis

Main BISAC Subject

LAN009030: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Pragmatics
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