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Myth and Narrative in International Politics

Interpretive Approaches to the Study of IR

Editors: Bliesemann de Guevara, Berit (Ed.)

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This book systematically explores how different theoretical concepts of myth can be utilised to interpretively explore contemporary international politics. From the international community to warlords, from participation to effectiveness – international politics is replete with powerful narratives and commonly held beliefs that qualify as myths. Rebutting the understanding of myth-as-lie, this collection of essays unearths the ideological, naturalising, and depoliticising effect of myths.

Myth and Narrative in International Politics:  Interpretive Approaches to the Study of IR offers conceptual and methodological guidance on how to make sense of different myth theories and how to employ them in order to explore the powerful collective imaginations and ambiguities that underpin international politics today. Further, it assembles case studies of specific myths in different fields of International Relations, including warfare, global governance, interventionism, development aid, and statebuilding. The findings challenge conventional assumptions in International Relations, encouraging  academics  in IR and across a range of different fields and disciplines, including development studies, global governance studies, strategic and military studies, intervention and statebuilding studies, and peace and conflict studies, to rethink ideas that are widely unquestioned by policy and academic communities. 

About the authors

Dr Berit Bliesemann de Guevara is a Senior Lecturer in Peacebuilding at Aberystwyth University, UK. Her current research focuses on ways of knowing in conflict and intervention politics through projects on transnational think tanks, urban legends of intervention, theatrical performances during politicians’ field visits and, not least, myths in international politics.

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“A wide-ranging , inter-disciplinary volume that breaks new ground by analysing how myths bind people together and set them against each other in the light of social inequalities and power struggles.  Myth and Narrative in International Politics is highly recommended to all researchers working at the intersection of social theory and world politics.” (Andrew Linklater, Aberystwyth University, UK)

Table of contents (15 chapters)

  • Introduction: Myth and Narrative in International Politics

    Guevara, Berit Bliesemann

    Pages 1-11

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  • Myth in International Politics: Ideological Delusion and Necessary Fiction

    Guevara, Berit Bliesemann

    Pages 15-46

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  • Beyond National Policymaking: Conceptions of Myth in Interpretive Policy Analysis and Their Value for IR

    Münch, Sybille

    Pages 47-66

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  • The Precipice of Myth: Mythology/Epistemology

    Cooke, Robert

    Pages 67-85

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  • Bringing Claude Lévi-Strauss and Pierre Bourdieu Together for a Post-structuralist Methodology to Analyse Myths

    Goetze, Catherine

    Pages 87-105

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eBook 89,99 €
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Hardcover 123,04 €
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-53751-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Myth and Narrative in International Politics
Book Subtitle
Interpretive Approaches to the Study of IR
Editors
  • Berit Bliesemann de Guevara
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-53752-2
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-53752-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-53751-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXIII, 313
Number of Illustrations and Tables
5 b/w illustrations, 1 illustrations in colour
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