The Emergence of Conspirituality

@article{Ward2011TheEO,
  title={The Emergence of Conspirituality},
  author={Charlotte Bickersteth Ward and David Voas},
  journal={Journal of Contemporary Religion},
  year={2011},
  volume={26},
  pages={103 - 121}
}
The female-dominated New Age (with its positive focus on self) and the male-dominated realm of conspiracy theory (with its negative focus on global politics) may seem antithetical. There is a synthesis of the two, however, that we call ‘conspirituality’. We define, describe, and analyse this hybrid system of belief; it has been noticed before without receiving much scholarly attention. Conspirituality is a rapidly growing web movement expressing an ideology fuelled by political disillusionment… Expand
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