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Myth theorists characterize myths as stories that possess the status of sacred truth within one or more social groups. Flood discusses how political myth is an ideologically marked narrative that purports to give a true account of a set of past, present, or predicted political events, widely accepted as valid in its essentials. Among the topics explored are: the historical line of political myth in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Western political discourse; the characteristics of political myths and the forms ...
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Political Myth

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Overview

Myth theorists characterize myths as stories that possess the status of sacred truth within one or more social groups. Flood discusses how political myth is an ideologically marked narrative that purports to give a true account of a set of past, present, or predicted political events, widely accepted as valid in its essentials. Among the topics explored are: the historical line of political myth in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Western political discourse; the characteristics of political myths and the forms they take in political life and the ends they serve; and the features of political ideologies that are most useful for understanding the nature of political myth.
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Clarifies the nature of political myths, the relationship between them and both political ideology and sacred myths, the forms in which they are presented and relayed, and the function they serve. Constructs a theoretical framework from elements in history, political science, sociology, anthropology, and cultural theory; and presents three case studies to illustrate the different types of narrative and their manifestation in literature, iconic images, and political rituals. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781135347956
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/2/2013
  • Series: Theorists of Myth
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 336
  • File size: 3 MB

Table of Contents

Series Editor's Foreword
Introduction 3
I Political Ideology 13
II Sacred Myth/Political Myth 27
III Telling Myths 45
IV Believing Myths 71
V Questions of Form 101
VI Ideological Meaning in History 127
VII Icons, Indexes, and Rituals 161
VIII Case Studies in Mythopoeic Narrative: (1) De Gaulle's "Bayeux Constitution" 195
IX Case Studies in Mythopoeic Narrative: (2) The Story of Wilma Mankiller 235
X Case Studies in Mythopoeic Narrative: (3) A Note on Cassirer as Mythmaker 257
Conclusion 275
Bibliography 277
Index 299
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