Political Myth: A Theoretical Introduction

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Psychology Press, 2001 - Political Science - 309 pages
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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 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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Contents

Political ldeology
13
n Sacred MythPolitical Myth
27
Telling Myths
45
Believing Myths
71
Questions of Form
101
ldeological Meaning in History
127
Vll lcons lndexes and Rituals
161
Conclusion
275
lndex
299
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Flood is a Senior Lecturer and Head of European Studies, University of Surrey.

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