Legitimating Identities: The Self-Presentations of Rulers and Subjects

Legitimating Identities: The Self-Presentations of Rulers and Subjects

by Rodney Barker
ISBN-10:
052100425X
ISBN-13:
9780521004251
Pub. Date:
11/01/2001
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press

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Legitimating Identities: The Self-Presentations of Rulers and Subjects

From military despots to democratic presidents, rulers spend much time convincing themselves of their right to be in charge. This important and original new survey draws on a growing body of research in political science, history, and sociology to reveal how governments devote time, resources, and energy to cultivating their own sense of who they are, not for the benefit or persuasion of the public, but for their own self-justification and esteem.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521004251
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 11/01/2001
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 170
Product dimensions: 5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.39(d)

Table of Contents

1. Legitimacy and legitimation; 2. Legitimating identities; 3. King John's Christmas cards: self-legitimation; 4. Cousins at home and abroad; 5. Rebels and vigilantes; 6. Citizens; 7. Conclusion; Bibliography; Index.

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