Conspiracy theories as stigmatized knowledge

  title={Conspiracy theories as stigmatized knowledge},
  author={Michael Barkun},
  pages={114 - 120}
  • M. Barkun
  • Published 1 November 2015
  • Sociology
  • Diogenes
Most conspiracy theories exist as part of “stigmatized knowledge” – that is, knowledge claims that have not been accepted by those institutions we rely upon for truth validation. Not uncommonly, believers in conspiracy theories also accept other forms of stigmatized knowledge, such as unorthodox forms of healing and beliefs about Atlantis and UFOs. Rejection by authorities is for them a sign that a belief must be true. However, the linkage of conspiracy theories with stigmatized knowledge has… Expand
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