Frontmatter

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Series Information

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pp. i-i

Title Page

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pp. ii-ii

Copyright Page

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pp. iii-iii

Frontispiece

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pp. iv-v

Contents

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pp. vi-vii

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Acknowledgments

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pp. viii-xi

Much like the rich and multidimensional nature of narratives, this book represents a partnership spanning academic disciplines, national histories, and personal experiences. We would like to thank the following groups and individuals for their invaluable assistance....

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Introduction

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pp. 1-6

We live in a world awash in rumors. The artificial sweetener in your diet soda can cause cancer is a rumor that circulates with great frequency and with each introduction of new sweetener brands and chemicals. Frequently heard on street corners and right-wing talk radio, Barack Obama was born in Kenya, not Hawaii, and is thus not a natural-born U.S. citizen is a “birther” rumor that suggests...

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Chapter 1. Rumor Theory: Narrative Systems and Hegemonic Struggles in Contested Populations

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pp. 7-42

On 20 January 2006, Mas Selamat Bin Kastari (Mas Selamat), a reported Jemaah Islamiyah terrorist, was arrested by Indonesian authorities and subsequently extradited to Singapore. After more than two years in custody, he escaped from Singapore’s maximum-security Whitley Road Detention Center. News of his escape broke fast. But the government failed to explain in a sufficient...

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Chapter 2. Rumor Transmediation: Critical Mash-ups and a Singaporean Prison Break

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pp. 43-72

On the afternoon of 27 February 2008, guards at Singapore’s Whitley Road Detention Center were escorting Mas Selamat bin Kastari (Mas Selamat), one of Southeast Asia’s most wanted terrorists, to the visitors’ area of the center to meet with his family. Mas Selamat had been arrested two years earlier in Indonesia for using a fake identity card. He was extradited to Singapore,...

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Chapter 3. Rumor Mosaics: Counterinsurgency Operations in Iraq's Triangle of Death

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pp. 73-100

In 2005, Multi-National Force–Iraq (MNF-I), the military command overseeing U.S. and coalition forces in the war-torn Arab nation, began a bovine inoculation campaign to improve the health of cattle throughout Iraq.1 Although the intent was to stabilize the food supply and increase the return on investment for local cattle ranchers and dairy farmers, the inoculation...

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Chapter 4. Whisper Campaigns: State-Sponsored Rumors and the Post Mortem (De)Construction of an Indonesian Terrorist

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pp. 101-134

Noordin Mohammed Top, a notorious Islamist extremist working in Southeast Asia, had successfully evaded police for years while simultaneously directing deadly and large-scale attacks against Indonesian and Western targets. He is believed to be one of the masterminds of the 2003 Marriott Hotel bombing in Jakarta, the 2004 Australian embassy bombing in Jakarta, the...

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Chapter 5. Coercion and Consent: Narrative Countermeasures in the Battle for "Hearts and Minds"

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pp. 135-166

The preceding three case studies examined rumors and their function in narrative landscapes. In the case of Mas Selamat, a family of rumors about his escape sparked an online critique of government policy and efficacy. The different rumors intersected with pop culture iconography (movie posters, for example) and contributed to narratives positioning Mas Selamat as an outlaw...

Glossary

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pp. 167-172

Notes

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pp. 173-192

Selected Bibliography

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pp. 193-196

Index

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pp. 197-206

About the Authors

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pp. 207-208