Mythology, Globalization and World Order: Power, and Deception in the Global Political Economy

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This book investigates the role that myth plays in constructing and legitimating forms of world order. Using a combination of political philosophy, anthropology, Jungian depth psychology, and IPE approaches, the book demonstrates why theorisation of the role of myth within the discourses of globalisation is an essential analytical tool for understanding the of power relations in the global political economy. It also demonstrates that much past philosophical and political-theoretical scholarship (especially that of Ernst Cassirer and Eric Voegelin) on the subject of the relation between mythological modes of thought and modernity has an important and very direct relevance to present-day global trends and structures.

It will be of interest to student and scholars International Relations, IPE, Sociology, Geography, Anthropology, Political Philosophy, and Cultural studies.

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Mark Bailey is at the Department of Geography, Politics & Sociology, Newcastle, UK.

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Table of Contents

1. Towards A Basic Understanding of Myth 2. The Relationship Between Myth and Ideology 3. The Greatest Myth of All: The "Demystification" of the Modern Mind 4. Myth and the (Post)Modern Experience 5. Mythological Modes of Thought and the Crises of Late Modernity 6. Myth, Transcendence, and the "Revolt" Against Modernity: The Political Philosophy of Eric Voegelin and Leo Strauss 7. Modernity and the "Heroic Act" 8. Mythological Thought and Globalisation

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