Contexts of Enmity Narratives



Functional accounts of conflict such as those of Simmel, ontological accounts of enmity such as that of Schmitt, and the accounts of the contingency of competition, antagonism, and enmity of Edelman and others, provide a starting point for answering questions about the context and consequences of enmity narratives. The possible answers, in their turn, raise questions about the differences between functionality and intentionality, and about sincerity, manipulation, and spontaneity in the articulation of such narratives.


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

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