Plotting against our nation: COVID-19, nationalisms, and conspiracy theories in five European countries

Malešević, Siniša, Uzelac, Gordana, Carol, Sarah and David, Lea (2024) Plotting against our nation: COVID-19, nationalisms, and conspiracy theories in five European countries. National Identities, 26 (2). pp. 141-171. ISSN 1469-9907

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/14608944.2023.2288970

Abstract / Description

This paper analyses the relationships between nationalism and conspiracy theories during the COVID-19 pandemic. We focus on the two main issues: 1) the intensity and character of belief in the COVID-19 conspiracy theories across five European societies: Germany, England, Ireland, Serbia, and Sweden; and 2) how is the commitment to specific nationalist ideologies linked with the belief in conspiracy theories. The data indicates that those who described themselves as highly religious and politically right-wing are more prone to believe in the strong versions of conspiracy theories. Furthermore, primordialism and the nation-centric view of the world are positively correlated with the propensity towards stronger versions of conspiracy theories. The paper zooms in on the significant differences across the five countries: the Serbian respondents stand out in terms of their strong beliefs in conspiracy theories while the Irish and Serbian respondents who are prone to strong version of conspiratorial thinking also subscribe more to the primordialist understanding of nationhood.

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Additional Information: Copyright © 2024 Taylor & Francis. This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in National Identities on 8 January 2024, available at: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/14608944.2023.2288970.
Uncontrolled Keywords: nationalism; conspiracy theories; COVID 19; national identity; pandemics
Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 360 Social problems & services; associations
Department: School of Social Sciences and Professions
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Depositing User: Pub Router
Date Deposited: 05 Feb 2024 11:23
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2024 15:11
URI: https://repository.londonmet.ac.uk/id/eprint/9071

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