Political myth as a type of political symbolization
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Political myth as a type of political symbolization
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Gleb Musikhin 
Occupation: Professor
Affiliation: Department of Political Science, National Research University “Higher School of Economics”
Address: 20, Myasnitskaya st., Moscow, 101000, Russian Federation

This article analyses the features of political mythology as a manifestation of the political symbolization process. Political symbolization is defi ned as a phenomenon of unconventional media reaction to the political information presented in a specifi c form of sign systems. The research reveals the interrelation of political myths with ideology and utopia. The analysis of political myth structure shows the main diffi culty that is the ambivalent ideological myth interpretation. The article captures the main functions of political myths. The author refers to technologization and fragmentation of political myths. As a result, the myths receive a widespread use, but lose their symbolic impact force. This can be found in modern myths of “conspiracy theory”. The conclusion is that the fragments of myths can mimic modern forms of thinking.

symbolization, political symbol, political myth, ideology, utopia, globalization, conspiracy theory
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