Covid Conspiracy Theories in Global Perspective examines how conspiracy theories and related forms of misinformation and disinformation about the Covid-19 pandemic have circulated widely around the world.

Covid conspiracy theories have attracted considerable attention from researchers, journalists, and politicians, not least because conspiracy beliefs have the potential to negatively affect adherence to public health measures. While most of this focus has been on the United States and Western Europe, this collection provides a unique global perspective on the emergence and development of conspiracy theories through a series of case studies. The chapters have been commissioned by recognized experts on area studies and conspiracy theories.

The chapters present case studies on how Covid conspiracism has played out (some focused on a single country, others on regions), using a range of methods from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, including history, politics, sociology, anthropology, and psychology. Collectively, the authors reveal that, although there are many narratives that have spread virally, they have been adapted for different uses and take on different meanings in local contexts.

This volume makes an important contribution to the rapidly expanding field of academic conspiracy theory studies, as well as being of interest to those working in the media, regulatory agencies, and civil society organizations, who seek to better understand the problem of how and why conspiracy theories spread.

The Open Access version of this book, available at www.taylorfrancis.com, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license.

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Covid-19 Conspiracy Theories in Global Perspective
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General Perspectives

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chapter 4|15 pages

Dis-Spiracy Theory

Why Corona Rhymes with Corruption in Indonesia
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part 3|86 pages


chapter 7|15 pages

Covid-19-Related Rumors and Conspiracy Theories

A Case Study from Cameroon 1
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chapter 8|14 pages


Theorizing about Covid-19 Conspiracies in Côte d'Ivoire 1
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chapter 9|15 pages

A Disease of the Rich and a Disease of the Poor

Comparing Rumors about the Coronavirus and Ebola in Guinea
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chapter 10|15 pages

The Constitutional Crisis and the Coronavirus

Conspiracies and Deep Politics during South Africa's Pandemic
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chapter 11|14 pages

Africa Out of the Shadows

Authoritarian Anti-Imperialism, Transnational Pentecostalism, and Covid-19 “Conspiracy Theories”
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chapter 12|11 pages

“The Truth Is Not Known”

Covid-19 Vaccine Hesitancy as a Failure of Biomedicine's Moral Legitimacy in Zambia
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chapter 18|16 pages

The Proliferation of Alternative Media

How Corona Conspiracy Theories in the Netherlands Fostered New Social Movements
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chapter 21|16 pages

A (Cold) War for Vaccines

Retro-Conspiracism in Kremlin-Aligned Russian Discourse on Sputnik V
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chapter 22|11 pages

A Communist Coup by Lockdown

Covid Conspiracy Theories in Spain
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part 5|30 pages

North America

chapter 23|12 pages

Anti-Colonialism Meets Anti-Vax Suspicion

The Case of Guadeloupe
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chapter 24|16 pages

A Perfect Storm

Covid-19 Conspiracy Theories in the United States 1
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South America

chapter 25|13 pages

Vulnerability and Conspiracy Theories

Latin America in the Time of Covid-19
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chapter 26|13 pages

“The Communavirus Is Here”

Anti-Communist Conspiracy Theories in Brazil's Response to the Covid-19 Pandemic
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chapter 27|12 pages

Covid-19 in Aotearoa New Zealand

The Darker Side of Paradise
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