Conspiracy theories: deeply enrooted in identity

Conspiracy theories are mirrors of a community. Everywhere in Europe – and even beyond – we can find some popular conspiracy theories that help communities to interpret the world, drawing the borders of their in-group and defend the identity of their own communities. Almost nothing expresses better a group’s identity than the conspiracy theories that they cultivate.

And conspiracy theories, in very different forms, are abundant in Europe nowadays. It seems that nowadays, In France, Hungary and Slovakia, as we found in a joint report with Counterpoint UK, very significant numbers agree that it is not the government that governs, but that someone else is pulling the strings. Respondents indicated that international finance, other countries and, especially in France, large media empires were the major conspirators. Some other studies from Poland, Greece, Hungary obviously prove that anti-Semitic conspiracy theories (beliefs on that Jews want to get control the world from the background) are notably popular. While conspiracy theories can vary considerably among communities, it seems that postcrisis Europe is a fertile ground for such theories.

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Categories Press | Tags: | Posted on September 25, 2014

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