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Social Psychological Origins of Conspiracy Theories: The Case of the Jewish Conspiracy Theory in Malaysia

Viren eSwami; Viren eSwami;
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  • Published: 01 Aug 2012 Journal: Frontiers in Psychology, volume 3 (issn: 1664-1078, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Frontiers Research Foundation
Two studies examined correlates of belief in a Jewish conspiracy theory among Malays in Malaysia, a culture in which state-directed conspiracism as a means of dealing with perceived external and internal threats is widespread. In Study 1, 368 participants from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, completed a novel measure of belief in a Jewish conspiracy theory, along with measures of general conspiracist ideation, and anomie. Initial analysis showed that the novel scale factorially reduced to a single dimension. Further analysis showed that belief in the Jewish conspiracy theory was only significantly associated with general conspiracist ideation, but the strength of the as...
free text keywords: Psychology, conspiracy theories, anti-semitism, modern racism, monological belief system, Malaysia, BF1-990, Original Research, General Psychology, Social psychology, Social dominance orientation, Judaism, Anomie, Conspiracy theory, Ideology, media_common.quotation_subject, media_common, Racism, Ideation, Authoritarianism
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