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  • Publication . Book . 2021
    Closed Access English
    Authors: 
    Andreas Önnerfors; André Krouwel;
    Country: Netherlands

    This edited volume investigates for the first time the impact of conspiracy theories upon the understanding of Europe as a geopolitical entity as well as an imagined political and cultural space. Focusing on recent developments, the individual chapters explore a range of conspiratorial positions related to Europe. In the current climate of fear and threat, new and old imaginaries of conspiracies such as Islamophobia and anti-Semitism have been mobilised. A dystopian or even apocalyptic image of Europe in terminal decline is evoked in Eastern European and particularly by Russian pro-Kremlin media, while the EU emerges as a screen upon which several narratives of conspiracy are projected trans-nationally, ranging from the Greek debt crisis to migration, Brexit and the COVID-19 pandemic. The methodological perspectives applied in this volume range from qualitative discourse and media analysis to quantitative social-psychological approaches, and there are a number of national and transnational case studies. This book will be of great interest to students and researchers of extremism, conspiracy theories and European politics.

  • Publication . Part of book or chapter of book . 2021
    Authors: 
    Holger Mölder;
    Publisher: Routledge
  • Publication . Part of book or chapter of book . 2021
    Authors: 
    Jakov Bojovic;
    Publisher: Routledge
  • Publication . Part of book or chapter of book . 2021
    Authors: 
    Estrella Gualda;
    Publisher: Routledge
  • Publication . Part of book or chapter of book . 2021
    Authors: 
    Florian Buchmayr;
    Publisher: Routledge
  • Publication . Part of book or chapter of book . 2021
    Authors: 
    Armin Langer;
    Publisher: Routledge
  • Publication . Part of book or chapter of book . 2021
    Authors: 
    Andreas Önnerfors; André Krouwel;
    Publisher: Routledge
  • Publication . Part of book or chapter of book . 2021
    Authors: 
    Irina Diana Mădroane;
    Publisher: Routledge
  • Publication . Other literature type . Part of book or chapter of book . 2021
    Closed Access English
    Authors: 
    Blanuša Nebojša; Denkovski Ognjan; Fidanovski Kristijan; Gjoneska Biljana;
    Country: Croatia

    This presentation deals with the conceptualization of general attitude toward the EU accession and their articulation through specific conspiracy theories in the Western Balkans.

  • Publication . Part of book or chapter of book . 2021
    Closed Access English
    Authors: 
    Krouwel, A.; Van Prooijen, J.W.; Önnerfors, Andreas; Krouwel, André;
    Country: Netherlands

    © 2021 paperback cover image, Tea Jahrehorn.What do Eurosceptic sentiments and beliefs imply for the tendency to believe conspiracy theories? In the present chapter, we propose that Euroscepticism and belief in conspiracy theories are inherently and mutually related. Furthermore, we develop an argument as to why this may be the case. In particular, Euroscepticism is a central part of the ideologies of radical (i.e., populist, extremist and nationalist) political movements across the EU. The central thrust in such radical mindsets is that the EU is a malevolent entity, undermining national sovereignty caused by the domination within EU institutions. For the left, the EU is a conduit of international capital and (Jewish) bankers conspiring to immiserate the poor, undermine national welfare states and destroy workers’ rights. The thinking style and rhetoric of such radical leftist and rightist movements provide fertile ground for susceptibility to conspiracy theories, in various ways. First, radical political movements typically endorse simple solutions for complex problems. Second, radical political movements typically endorse anti-establishment sentiments. Relatedly, a third aspect of radical political movements is a tendency to dichotomously perceive society as consisting of good groups versus bad groups. Finally, radical political movements endorse their beliefs with excessive confidence.

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14 Research products, page 1 of 2
  • Publication . Book . 2021
    Closed Access English
    Authors: 
    Andreas Önnerfors; André Krouwel;
    Country: Netherlands

    This edited volume investigates for the first time the impact of conspiracy theories upon the understanding of Europe as a geopolitical entity as well as an imagined political and cultural space. Focusing on recent developments, the individual chapters explore a range of conspiratorial positions related to Europe. In the current climate of fear and threat, new and old imaginaries of conspiracies such as Islamophobia and anti-Semitism have been mobilised. A dystopian or even apocalyptic image of Europe in terminal decline is evoked in Eastern European and particularly by Russian pro-Kremlin media, while the EU emerges as a screen upon which several narratives of conspiracy are projected trans-nationally, ranging from the Greek debt crisis to migration, Brexit and the COVID-19 pandemic. The methodological perspectives applied in this volume range from qualitative discourse and media analysis to quantitative social-psychological approaches, and there are a number of national and transnational case studies. This book will be of great interest to students and researchers of extremism, conspiracy theories and European politics.

  • Publication . Part of book or chapter of book . 2021
    Authors: 
    Holger Mölder;
    Publisher: Routledge
  • Publication . Part of book or chapter of book . 2021
    Authors: 
    Jakov Bojovic;
    Publisher: Routledge
  • Publication . Part of book or chapter of book . 2021
    Authors: 
    Estrella Gualda;
    Publisher: Routledge
  • Publication . Part of book or chapter of book . 2021
    Authors: 
    Florian Buchmayr;
    Publisher: Routledge
  • Publication . Part of book or chapter of book . 2021
    Authors: 
    Armin Langer;
    Publisher: Routledge
  • Publication . Part of book or chapter of book . 2021
    Authors: 
    Andreas Önnerfors; André Krouwel;
    Publisher: Routledge
  • Publication . Part of book or chapter of book . 2021
    Authors: 
    Irina Diana Mădroane;
    Publisher: Routledge
  • Publication . Other literature type . Part of book or chapter of book . 2021
    Closed Access English
    Authors: 
    Blanuša Nebojša; Denkovski Ognjan; Fidanovski Kristijan; Gjoneska Biljana;
    Country: Croatia

    This presentation deals with the conceptualization of general attitude toward the EU accession and their articulation through specific conspiracy theories in the Western Balkans.

  • Publication . Part of book or chapter of book . 2021
    Closed Access English
    Authors: 
    Krouwel, A.; Van Prooijen, J.W.; Önnerfors, Andreas; Krouwel, André;
    Country: Netherlands

    © 2021 paperback cover image, Tea Jahrehorn.What do Eurosceptic sentiments and beliefs imply for the tendency to believe conspiracy theories? In the present chapter, we propose that Euroscepticism and belief in conspiracy theories are inherently and mutually related. Furthermore, we develop an argument as to why this may be the case. In particular, Euroscepticism is a central part of the ideologies of radical (i.e., populist, extremist and nationalist) political movements across the EU. The central thrust in such radical mindsets is that the EU is a malevolent entity, undermining national sovereignty caused by the domination within EU institutions. For the left, the EU is a conduit of international capital and (Jewish) bankers conspiring to immiserate the poor, undermine national welfare states and destroy workers’ rights. The thinking style and rhetoric of such radical leftist and rightist movements provide fertile ground for susceptibility to conspiracy theories, in various ways. First, radical political movements typically endorse simple solutions for complex problems. Second, radical political movements typically endorse anti-establishment sentiments. Relatedly, a third aspect of radical political movements is a tendency to dichotomously perceive society as consisting of good groups versus bad groups. Finally, radical political movements endorse their beliefs with excessive confidence.

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