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Conspiracy Theories and the People Who Believe Them$
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Joseph E. Uscinski

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190844073

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190844073.001.0001

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The Collective Conspiracy Mentality in Poland

The Collective Conspiracy Mentality in Poland

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(p.372) 25 The Collective Conspiracy Mentality in Poland
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Conspiracy Theories and the People Who Believe Them
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Wiktor Soral

Aleksandra Cichocka

Michał Bilewicz

Marta Marchlewska

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190844073.003.0025

In recent decades several conspiracy theories became prominent topics of Polish public debate: the Smoleńsk catastrophe, “gender conspiracy” and “Jewish conspiracy” are some examples of such theories. These conspiracy theories can be viewed as manifestations of a collective conspiracy mentality, a collective mental state in which other groups, nations, or institutions are viewed as ill-intended and willing to conspire against the in-group. This state is instigated by salient historical representations of one’s own group (e.g., nation), viewing the in-group as a victim of others. It is boosted by a special kind of defensive in-group identity—collective narcissism. Finally, it bears negative consequences for inter-group relations.

Keywords:   conspiracy theory, conspiracy mentality, collective threat, in-group victimization, collective narcissism, Jewish conspiracy theory, gender conspiracy

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