How Social Factors Can Contribute Conspiracy Theories?

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The purpose of this study is to give a better understanding on how social factors can contribute to conspiracy beliefs and to bring systematic evidence upon two questions: “Who believes conspiracy theories, and what sources of information are associated with believing conspiracy theories?” (Stempel 2007:353) There are many conspiracies that could have been used to answer these two questions, but the conspiracies that were chosen are related to the attacks on 9/11 (Stempel 353). Nine hypothesis were generated for the purpose of this study. These hypothesis are most predicted to be the most likely results: Hypothesis one; “consumers of the least legitimate media are more likely to believe 9/11 conspiracy theories.” Hypothesis two; “consumers of the most legitimate media are less likely to believe 9/11 conspiracy theories.” Hypothesis three; “infrequent media users are more likely to believe 9/11 conspiracy theories.” Hypothesis four; “members of less powerful social groups are more likely to believe 9/11 conspiracy theories.” Hypothesis five; “members of dominant groups are less likely to believe 9/11 conspiracy theories.” Hypothesis six; “those experiencing downward economic mobility are more likely to believe 9/11 conspiracy theories.” Hypothesis seven; “respondents who are less integrated into mainstream social institutions will be more likely to believe 9/11 conspiracy theories. our measures of social integration are material status and religiosity.” Hypothesis 8;…
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