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myth

1. 
a. a story about superhuman beings of an earlier age taken by preliterate society to be a true account, usually of how natural phenomena, social customs, etc., came into existence
b. another word for mythology
2. (in modern literature) a theme or character type embodying an idea
3. Philosophy (esp in the writings of Plato) an allegory or parable
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On the background of excessive and often disorienting information, media culture theorizes its own version of an ecological utopia, dissolving scientific facts and cultural myths to create an entirely new projection of the interconnectedness man-nature.
The self-described feminist says changing the cultural myths within his own organisation, the traditional boys' club of the army, fell to him as its leader.
The authors identified and evaluated the validity of ten cultural myths surrounding teenage pregnancy and parenting.
Like any good cultural myth, there are truths embedded in this one.
created a cultural myth in the minds of Italian readers and intellectuals, he chooses to focus on translation as a mass phenomenon.
Elizabeth Young's ambitious book traces the metaphorical life of one branch of a particular cultural myth, that of the monster created by Mary Shelley's Dr Frankenstein, in particular its articulation through, and as, the politics of race in the United States.
In this magic Caribbean exposition, BolivareIUs counterfeit is surrounded by endless repetitions of the Spanish word for eIuFreedom,eIN underlining how BolivareIUs frequent invocations have today turned him into part of a cultural myth.
He focuses on one story line embedded in the cultural myth of judicial activism: the story line of abuse of power that is built on the undeniable truth that it is possible for unaccountable judges to inflict significant harm on democratic systems of government.
Leone is using an archetypal cultural genre in order to examine the impact of American cultural myth on American society.
They also inaugurated a cultural myth that damaged the principle of liberty, keeping it small and vulnerable in the world, and allowing "liberty" itself to become another justification for oppression.
The revolution of the imagination that has transformed the original idea of inhabited worlds into today's pervasive cultural myth of extraterrestrialism is largely due to the fictional development of extraterrestrial themes.

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