Media and Affective Mythologies

Discourse, Archetypes and Ideology in Contemporary Politics

Authors: Kelsey, Darren

  • Links a conceptual understanding of the human psyche with broader ideological tensions around social groups, institutions, governments and nations
  • Helps to make sense of the turmoil and tensions of political discourse
  • Ideal for scholars and students in discourse analysis, politics, ideology, journalism, media, culture, sociology and communication
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This book provides a timely political insight to show how mythology plays an affective role in our lives. Brexit, bankers, institutional scandals, the far right, and Russell Brand’s “revolution” are just some of the issues tackled through this innovative and interdisciplinary discourse analysis. Through multimedia case studies, Kelsey explores the psychological dimensions of archetypes and mythologies and how they function ideologically in contemporary politics. By synergising approaches to critical discourse studies with the work of Carl Jung, Joseph Campbell and other mythologists, Kelsey’s psychodiscursive approach explores the depths of the human psyche to analyse the affective qualities of storytelling. Kelsey makes a compelling case for our need to understand more about the power of mythology in modern society. Whilst mythology might be part of who we are, societies are responsible for its ideological substance and implications. Media and Affective Mythologies shows how we can begin to engage with this principle.

About the authors

Darren Kelsey is Head of Media, Culture, Heritage at Newcastle University.  Darren’s publications have focused on media mythologies and ideology, war and terrorism, moral storytelling, the banking crisis, right wing populism, journalism ethics, social media, surveillance and affect theory. Darren is a co-convenor of the Newcastle Critical Discourse Group. 

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“This highly original, interdisciplinary work is daring and fascinating. The author succeeds in outlining a ‘psychodiscursive’ approach to Critical Discourse Studies which combines semiotic approaches to myth with aspects of Jungian psychoanalysis to reveal the ideological and affective properties of media texts in a range of contemporary political contexts.” (Christopher Hart, Lancaster University, UK)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Why Study Mythology and How is it Affective?

    Kelsey, Darren

    Pages 1-25

  • Affective Apparatus: Collective Unconscious, Archetypes and the Transpersonal

    Kelsey, Darren

    Pages 27-52

  • Hero’s Journey: Nigel Farage, the EU and Brexit

    Kelsey, Darren

    Pages 53-79

  • The City Trickster: Bankers, Moral Tales, and Contemporary Capitalism

    Kelsey, Darren

    Pages 81-105

  • Children, Shadows, and Scapegoats: The Child Abuse Scandals of Rotherham Council and Jimmy Savile

    Kelsey, Darren

    Pages 107-124

Buy this book

eBook £56.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-60759-7
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover £72.00
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-60758-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Media and Affective Mythologies
Book Subtitle
Discourse, Archetypes and Ideology in Contemporary Politics
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-60759-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-60759-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-60758-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 180
Number of Illustrations and Tables
3 b/w illustrations
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