Mafia: The Prototypical Alien Conspiracy

  title={Mafia: The Prototypical Alien Conspiracy},
  author={D. Smith},
  journal={The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science},
  pages={75 - 88}
  • D. Smith
  • Published 1976
  • Sociology
  • The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science
The attractiveness of alien conspiracy theories in American public opinion stretches back to the early days of the Republic. "Mafia" has been the name of one such theory. When placed in context with other conspiracy theories, such as the Bavarian Illuminati scare of 1798- 1799 and the Red Scare of 1919-1920, the reasons for emergence of a "Mafia" theory in 1890-91, and again in 1946-1963, become clear. Contemporary public opinion regarding crime is heavily influenced by the post-World War II… Expand
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