Conspiratorial Narratives in Violent Political Actors’ Language

  title={Conspiratorial Narratives in Violent Political Actors’ Language},
  author={Stephane J. Baele},
  journal={Journal of Language and Social Psychology},
  pages={706 - 734}
  • Stephane J. Baele
  • Published 12 August 2019
  • Sociology
  • Journal of Language and Social Psychology
This article articulates the concept of “conspiratorial narratives”—defined as stories which integrate a large range of events and archetypal characters from past and present in a single teleological explanation for the alleged suffering of a given social group—and argues that this particular linguistic construct is a key marker of extremist language. Using three different cases to illustrate our theoretical contribution (Nazi propaganda, Rwandan genocidaires’ radio, IS’ messaging), we show… 

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