Myth and Narrative in International Politics - Interpretive Approaches to the Study of IR

Myth and Narrative in International Politics - Interpretive Approaches to the Study of IR

von: Berit Bliesemann de Guevara
Palgrave Macmillan, 2016
ISBN: 9781137537522
Sprache: Englisch
329 Seiten, Download: 4580 KB
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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. 

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.