Dados vol. 41 n. 3 Rio de Janeiro 1998

Em Torno do Conceito de Mito Político

Miguel, Luis Felipe


The article endeavors to construct a concept of political myth, grounded on an interdisciplinary approach tying three lines together: myth as mystification, as exemplified in the work of Roland Barthes, myth as a narrative of origins and an element of social cohesion, and, lastly, the political myth itself, as proposed by Georges Sorel, which emphasizes the emotional, mobilizing nature of political discourse. The result is a view of the political myth as the political expression of the rejection of politics? That is, an expression of nostalgia for a harmonious society.

Keywords: political myth, political discourse, mobilization, social cohesion, political communication

DOI: 10.1590/S0011-52581998000300005

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Em Torno do Conceito de Mito Político