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Qualitative Sociology

, Volume 1, Issue 2, pp 3–20 | Cite as

Conspiracy, Paranoia and the problem of knowledge

  • Charles W. Lidz
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Abstract

Using a case study, this paper presents a critique of Lemert's classic paper, “Paranoia and the Dynamics of Exclusion.” Starting from the position that Lemert did not prove his case, that in fact, there are no clear-cut grounds for determining whether an event called a conspiracy really exists, this case study leads to a consideration of the ethnomethodological notion of reflexivity of common sense knowledge.

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Social Psychology Social Issue Common Sense Cross Cultural Psychology Classic Paper 
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© Qualitative Sociology 1978

Authors and Affiliations

  • Charles W. Lidz
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  1. 1.Departments of Psychiatry and SociologyUniversity of PittsburghUSA

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