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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)
“Common myths have been key in human development. The shared belief in myths enabled homo sapiens to organise in larger communities, in cities, religions and nations; in short, myths are key to cooperation among strangers. However, the study of myth in International Relations is nascent at best. This collection addresses this research gap in two steps: by exploring how concepts of myth stemming from other disciplines can benefit the study of IR, it contributes to developing the theoretical and conceptual framework of IR. The empirical studies included in this volume provide a clearer picture of how myths and myth-making are utilised in different fields of contemporary international politics, thereby making a strong case for awarding this hitherto largely neglected aspect of IR more attention in the future.” (Christiane Fröhlich, Helmut Schmidt University Hamburg)