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Beer, Francis A. and Christ'l De Landtsheer. 2004. Metaphorical World Politics (Rhetoric & Public Affairs). East Lansing, Mich.: Michigan State University Press. x, 342 pp.
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Book – monograph
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'Metaphorical World Politics' argues that language and metaphor are important parts of international political reality. Metaphors and world politics have appeared together many times in recent history. The blended space that results is metaphorical world politics, a real- world game for political and scientific actors. This collection picks up the challenge to unravel the game, to examine its rules, to clarify the mixture of images and facts that is so real in politics but so exceptional in science. Scholars have studied metaphor mostly from a linguistic or a literary point of view. This work forces those primarily interested in metaphors to think about applications and implications beyond the text. Others concerned mainly with world politics may consider how metaphors may help to energize and structure international political thought and action. Scholars have most often studied world politics embedded in so-called "facts." 'Metaphorical World Politics' shows that facts are misleading in their compactness, that facts are often meaningless, that metaphors in contrast are energetic processors of meaning, and that facts in world politics are nothing more than weak emulsions of metaphor. This work outlines the general place of metaphor on the map of politics and highlights the location of specific metaphors on the political terrain. (Publisher Book Description)