Political Myth and Discourse Analysis in Security

  • Julian Richards


The fifth chapter delivers a discussion on political myth, focusing initially on questions of nationalism and identity. Note is made of how, in contemporary postmaterialist politics, it appears that Barthes’s notion of “depoliticized language” in political myth-making is not only used to reject the narratives of “elites” politically, but is particularly so in the hands of new populist parties which emphasize identity politics as alternatives to supposedly bankrupt mainstream thinking. In a European context, political myth is central to the relationship between Europe and Islam on both sides; in terms of an Islamist narrative of perpetual conflict with Islam; and a notion of Europeanness which supposedly excludes Islam in essence.


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  • Julian Richards
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  1. 1.University of BuckinghamBuckinghamUnited Kingdom

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