The Soft Power of War

Lilie Chouliaraki | London School of Economics
ISBN 9789027222336 | EUR 80.00 | USD 120.00
ISBN 9789027292544 | EUR 80.00 | USD 120.00
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This book, which was originally published as a Special Issue of Journal of Language & Politics 4:1 (2005), takes the war in Iraq as an exemplary case through which to demonstrate the changing nature of contemporary power. The book convincingly argues that the effective study of international politics depends today upon our understanding of the interplay between hard (military, economic) and soft (symbolic) power. One might say, between the politics of territory, guns or money and the language of narrating the world in coherent and persuasive stories. Bringing together different strands of discourse analysis with social, historical and, to an extent, political analysis, all contributions seek to illustrate the ways in which a variety of public genres, from political speeches to computer games and from educational material to newspaper reports, produce influential knowledge about the war and shape the ethical and political premises upon which the legitimacy of this war and a ‘vision’ of the emergent world order rests.
[Benjamins Current Topics, 3] 2007.  x, 148 pp.
Publishing status: Available
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“Who would have thought that university researchers could offer deeper insights into the significance of how we’re talking about the Iraq conflict than professional political analysts? Me, and I hope, you. These expert analyses of the rhetoric of war-for-peace by leading scholars should be read by all of us who can’t believe what we’re hearing – because this won’t be the last time we hear it.”
“[...] these six papers provide unique and complementary perspectives on the 'soft power' of war. They illuminate the interdependencies that exist between politics and media while providing important insights into the capicity of discourse to construct the world and wield power through consensus rather than physical coercion.”
“Remarkable and diverse analyses of political and media discourses which construct and perform the ‘hard’ power of war and economics as they produce concepts of ‘international community’ and shape the ‘legitimacy’ of war. This collection adds much to our understandings of the ways in which soft power operates, and is a real contribution to the development of current theoretical approaches and practices in the field of critical discourse analysis.”
“This volume allows a unique perspective on the many voices and pictures accompanying the war in Iraq since 2003. The chapters do not offer isolated and de-contextualized perspectives; they manifest in precise and detailed analyses how wars are dealt with in the journalistic and political fields. Thus, we come to understand the global complexity of the war in Iraq, the many discourses which are drawn upon, on the one hand; and, on the other, the astonishing one-dimensionality which raises the question why such rhetoric still seems to "work" and why it retains its persuasive force for many.”
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Communication Studies

Communication Studies

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CFG: Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis

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LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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