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The Terms of Order: Political Science and the Myth of Leadership

Cedric J. Robinson


Do we live in basically orderly societies that occasionally erupt into violent conflict, or do we fail to perceive the constancy of violence and disorder in our societies? In this classic book, originally published in 1980, Cedric J. Robinson contends that our perception of political order is an illusion, maintained in part by Western political an social theorists who depend on the idea of leadership as a basis for describing and prescribing social order. Using a variety of critical approaches in his analysis, Robinson synthesizes elements of psychoanalysis, structuralism, Marxism, classical a ... More

Keywords: Leadership, Order, The Political, The Antipolitical, Authority

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9781469628219
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469628219.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Cedric J. Robinson, author