The Fishing President: Ritual in constructing leadership mythology

Tuomas Kuronen, Jouni Virtaharju

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We study leadership using anthropological and visual methodological viewpoints, starting from Le ́vi-Strauss’ association of ritual and mythology. We explore the private fishing ritual of the Cold War era President of Finland, Urho Kekkonen and his political elite ‘tribe’ using visual discourse analysis. We show how the emergent leadership mythology was communicated both within and outside this tribe. The qualitative dataset consists of one primary and two secondary data types: photographs, and correspondence exchanges and media material fragments. We report our ana- lysis through a photo-essay, in which the development of ritual and mythology is presented over time. Our theoretical contributions include showing the association of ritual and myth in the leadership context and how they are intertwined and how they also may separate, as well as the description of a primal leadership archetype, that of the hunter.
OriginalspråkEngelska
Referentgranskad vetenskaplig tidskriftLeadership
Volym11
Utgåva2
Sidor (från-till)186–212
ISSN1742-7150
DOI
StatusPublicerad - 05.2015
MoE-publikationstypA1 Originalartikel i en vetenskaplig tidskrift

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