The Politics of Evil

  • Cathryn van KesselEmail author
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Educational Futures book series (PSEF)


The politics of evil refers to an invocation of evil in political rhetoric against a person or group that, intentionally or otherwise, stifles democratic debate, and can promote hate speech such as George W. Bush’s reference to the “Axis of Evil.” Labelling a group as evil taps into powerful imagery from religion, popular media, and other cultural sources. Drawing from a qualitative study with Grade 11 students and the concept of order-words from Deleuze and Guattari, this chapter examines the power the label of evil has in the context of the study of historical and contemporary events.


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  1. 1.University of AlbertaEdmontonCanada

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