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Metaphors and Myths in Political Life: Policy and Practice according to Murray Edelman
Gotland University, School of Culture, Energy and Environment.
2011 (English)In: Local Development and Creative Industries: empirical, methodological and theoretical reflections / [ed] Conny Pettersson, Dorit Christensen, Visby: Gotland University , 2011, 443-478 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This chapter presents an overview and critical analysis of the authorship of the late political scientist Murray Edelman, focusing on how political myths and metaphors both facilitate and preclude the development of policy and practise. Mutually reinforcing relative ignorance of the significance of symbols among both the mighty and the week leave us all more orless in thrall to the existing structure, regardless of the good intentions of the majority. The issue is illustrated by various ”wicked problems” including unemployment and environmental pollution. Unreflective symbolic worlds render the uninitiated incapable of understanding the times in which they live, let alone solve vital problems and think in new ways. Edelman sees this as a fundamental flaw in democracy, in danger of transforming politics into an illusion, preparing the way for misunderstanding and spectacle. His basic plea is for us to revitalise politics. The aim of the present chapter is to lay a theoretical foundation for analysis of the transformation of work and industry, concluding with reflections on some of the central challenges posed by Edelman’s thought. 

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Visby: Gotland University , 2011. 443-478 p.
Gotland University Press, ISSN 1653-7424 ; 9
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Political Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:hgo:diva-1249ISBN: 978-91-86343-05-7OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hgo-1249DiVA: diva2:464907
Available from: 2011-12-14 Created: 2011-12-14 Last updated: 2013-07-01Bibliographically approved

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