Publication: El papel de los discursos conspiranoicos y antivacunas en la economía de las acciones durante la pandemia de SARS-CoV-2.
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Martin Criado, Enrique
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Objective: To analyse and understand conspiracy discourses related to the Covid-19, particularly those referring to the vaccination campaign. Methods: Qualitative study of three individual interviews with people who previously expressed conspiracy discourses in the province of Córdoba (Spain). Results: The results of the discourse analysis shows that tags like anti-vaccine and conspiracy theory have negative connotations so people do not identify themselves with those labels. Also people strategically define those categories so they wouldn't apply to their discourses. They do this by using rhetorical strategies like avoiding responsibility, ambiguity or labelling other persons as true conspiracy believers rather than themselves trying to appear as moderate by contrast. Conclusions: We have found that conspiracy discourses are heterogeneous but they share certain points like mistrust in the mass media or elaborate complex theories in which a huge amount of agents are involved in the creation of this crisis. There seems to be at least two different profiles of people that reproduce this discourses, one that is more oriented to mistrust in the government discourses, and other that is more vaccine hesitancy orientated. Conspiracy and anti-vaccine discourses are really becoming an important issue in our society so more scientific investigation should be done in this field. The results of this paper could serve as a start point for more research in the future