Myth

Discipline: Political Science

Theory of the function of beliefs.

Stories about the destiny of nations, races, classes, or political groups have an important function which is quite independent of their truthfulness. The belief in some ultimate goal gives purpose; and the belief in some (mythical) identity as a race, a chosen political order, or a special nation gives social cohesion.

One of the best known of such uses of myth is Georges Sorel's account of an ultimate and revolutionary general strike.

Source:
Henry Tudor, Political Myth (London, 1972)

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