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Coronavirus Conspiracy Theories in Southeast Europe: (Non-)Believers, Social Network Bubbles, and the Discourse of Blame
Glaurdic, Josip; Lesschaeve, Christophe; Mochtak, Michal
2022In Problems of Post-Communism, 70 (6), p. 640–653
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Keywords :
coronavirus; conspiracy beliefs; social networks
Abstract :
[en] Using survey and social network evidence from Southeast Europe, we advance the understanding of conspiracy theories and politics related to the coronavirus pandemic in three ways: (1) we show that beliefs in coronavirus conspiracy theories are related to ideological support for a nationalist vision of society and socialist vision of the economy; (2) we also show that both conspiracy believers and nonbelievers are living in bubbles of the like-minded; and (3) we use the tools of natural language processing to elucidate the unambiguous differences in the discourse related to the coronavirus used by conspiracy believers and nonbelievers.
Disciplines :
Political science, public administration & international relations
Author, co-author :
Glaurdic, Josip  ;  University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences (FHSE) > Department of Social Sciences (DSOC)
Lesschaeve, Christophe ;  University of Luxembourg
Mochtak, Michal ;  University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences (FHSE) > Department of Social Sciences (DSOC)
External co-authors :
no
Language :
English
Title :
Coronavirus Conspiracy Theories in Southeast Europe: (Non-)Believers, Social Network Bubbles, and the Discourse of Blame
Publication date :
20 June 2022
Journal title :
Problems of Post-Communism
ISSN :
1075-8216
Publisher :
M.E. Sharpe, United States - New York
Volume :
70
Issue :
6
Pages :
640–653
Peer reviewed :
Peer reviewed
European Projects :
H2020 - 714589 - ELWar - Electoral Legacies of War: Political Competition in Postwar Southeast Europe
Funders :
CE - Commission Européenne [BE]
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