publication . Doctoral thesis . 2014

Metaphysical conspiracism: UFOs as discursive object between popular millennial and conspiracist fields

Robertson, David George;
Open Access English
  • Published: 25 Nov 2014
  • Publisher: The University of Edinburgh
  • Country: United Kingdom
Abstract
This thesis argues that narratives about Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs) act as the central point of contact between conspiracist and popular millennial fields. Their confluence has come to form a field here termed ‘metaphysical conspiracism’, combining teleological narratives, the promise of soteriological knowledge and the threat of occluded malevolent agencies. I argue that metaphysical conspiracism offers a unique perspective on the interplay of knowledge, power and the construction of the other in contemporary popular discourse. Narratives about UFOs (and their extra-terrestrial occupants) have their roots in the Cold War period, but from the 1980s were ...
Subjects
free text keywords: UFO, New Age, conspiracy theory, discourse analysis
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