© 2007

Making Enemies


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Rodney Barker
    Pages 18-34
  3. Rodney Barker
    Pages 35-58
  4. Rodney Barker
    Pages 59-70
  5. Rodney Barker
    Pages 71-82
  6. Rodney Barker
    Pages 83-100
  7. Rodney Barker
    Pages 101-113
  8. Rodney Barker
    Pages 114-127
  9. Rodney Barker
    Pages 149-174
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 175-216

About this book


Whom a prime minister or president will not shake hands with is still more noticed than with whom they will. Public identity can afford to be ambiguous about friends, but not about enemies. Barker examines the accounts of how enmity functions in the cultivation of identity, how essential or avoidable it is, and what the global consequences are.


government identity politics

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.The London School of Economics and Political ScienceUK

About the authors

RODNEY BARKER is Professor of Government at the London School of Economics and Political Science and Gresham Professor of Rhetoric at Gresham College. He broadcasts frequently, and has been opera critic of Tribune. Recent publications include Legitimating Identities: The Self-presentations of Rulers and Subjects and Political Ideas in Modern Britain In and After the Twentieth Century.

Bibliographic information


'...scholars and postgraduate students will find much to ponder in this book, including fascinating insights into the evolution of the public identites of the Labour and Conservative parties since 1989...[a] highly stimulating study.' - Marc Calvini-Lefebvre, Political Studies Review