Telling the Enmity Narrative



Advising aspirant orators who wanted success with their audience, Max Atkinson suggested an attack on an enemy, either a political opponent, or a domestic minority, or a foreign threat, as a well-tried way to get a positive response from their listeners.2 The language of the platform does not pause to ask whether a rival for office can properly be termed an enemy, or whether it is entirely accurate to describe an electoral opponent as treacherous. In the telling of the enmity narrative, what is aimed at is political success, not scholarly precision, and the analytical distinctions between foreign enemies or domestic rivals, or between competition and demonisation, are swiftly dissolved.


Communist Party Political Leader Cultural Revolution Alternative Narrative Presidential Power 
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© Rodney Barker 2007

Authors and Affiliations

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

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