‘Trust no one’: Modernization, paranoia and conspiracy culture

  title={‘Trust no one’: Modernization, paranoia and conspiracy culture},
  author={Stef Aupers},
  journal={European Journal of Communication},
  pages={22 - 34}
  • S. Aupers
  • Published 1 March 2012
  • Sociology
  • European Journal of Communication
Popular conspiracy theories, like those about JFK, the attacks of 9/11, the death of Princess Diana or the swine flu vaccination, are generally depicted in the social sciences as pathological, irrational and, essentially, anti-modern. In this contribution it is instead argued that conspiracy culture is a radical and generalized manifestation of distrust that is embedded in the cultural logic of modernity and, ultimately, produced by processes of modernization. In particular, epistemological… 
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