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The charismatic persona of Colonel Qaddafi

Totman, Sally and Hardy, Mat 2014, The charismatic persona of Colonel Qaddafi, M/C journal : a journal of media and culture, vol. 17, no. 3, pp. 1-1.

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Title The charismatic persona of Colonel Qaddafi
Author(s) Totman, SallyORCID iD for Totman, Sally orcid.org/0000-0003-0812-0106
Hardy, MatORCID iD for Hardy, Mat orcid.org/0000-0002-3010-5386
Journal name M/C journal : a journal of media and culture
Volume number 17
Issue number 3
Start page 1
End page 1
Total pages 1
Publisher Queensland University of Technology
Place of publication Brisbane, Qld.
Publication date 2014
ISSN 1441-2616
Keyword(s) Libya
Summary In any list of dictators and antagonists of the West the name of Libya’s Colonel Muammar Qaddafi will always rank highly as one of the most memorable, colourful and mercurial. The roles he played to his fellow Libyans, to regional groupings, to revolutionaries and to the West were complex and nuanced. These various roles developed over time but were all grounded in his self-belief as a messianic revolutionary figure. More importantly, these roles and behaviours that stemmed from them were instrumental in preserving Qaddafi’s rule and thwarting challenges to it.

These facets of Qaddafi’s public self accord with the model of “persona” described by Marshall. Whilst the nature of political persona and celebrity in the Western world has been explored by several scholars (for example Street; Wilson), little work has been conducted on the use of persona by non-democratic leaders. This paper examines the aspects of persona exhibited by Colonel Qaddafi and applied during his tenure. In constructing his role as a revolutionary leader, Qaddafi was engaging in a form of public performance aimed at delivering himself to a wider audience. Whether at home or abroad, this persona served the purpose of helping the Libyan leader consolidate his power, stymie political opposition and export his revolutionary ideals.
Language eng
Field of Research 160699 Political Science not elsewhere classified
160607 International Relations
210310 Middle Eastern and African History
Socio Economic Objective 940399 International Relations not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2014, Queensland University of Technology
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Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30064869

Document type: Journal Article
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