"Trust Me, You Can't Trust Them": Stigmatised Knowledge in Cults and Conspiracies

Newcombe, Suzanne and van Eck Duymaer van Twist, Amanda (2018). "Trust Me, You Can't Trust Them": Stigmatised Knowledge in Cults and Conspiracies. In: Dyrendal, Asbjørn; Robertson, David G. and Asprem, Egil eds. Handbook of Conspiracy Theory and Contemporary Religion. Leiden: Brill, pp. 152–179.

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Abstract

This chapter will explore the sociology of conspiracy theory in areas of the contemporary cultic milieu, identifying rational social reasons for allegiance to a particular theory as often being more compelling for individuals than the apparent ‘empirical’ truth or falsity of the theory itself.

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