Discourse, War and Terrorism
Discourse since September 11, 2001 has constrained and shaped public discussion and debate surrounding terrorism worldwide. Social actors in the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and elsewhere employ the language of the “war on terror” to explain, react to, justify and understand a broad range of political, economic and social phenomena. Discourse, War and Terrorism explores the discursive production of identities, the shaping of ideologies, and the formation of collective understandings in response to 9/11 in the United States and around the world. At issue are how enemies are defined and identified, how political leaders and citizens react, and how members of societies understand their position in the world in relation to terrorism. Contributors to this volume represent diverse sub-fields involved in the critical study of language, including perspectives from sociocultural linguistics, communication, media, cultural and political studies.
[Discourse Approaches to Politics, Society and Culture, 24] 2007. ix, 248 pp.
Publishing status: Available
© John Benjamins Publishing Company
Table of Contents
Table of contents | pp. v–vi
Acknowledgements | pp. vii–viii
Author affiliations | pp. ix–x
Introduction: Discourse, war and terrorismAdam Hodges and Chad Nilep | pp. 1–18
“Emerging threats” and “coming dangers”: Claiming the future for preventive warPatricia L. Dunmire | pp. 19–43
Enforcing justice, justifying force: America's justification of violence in the New World OrderAnnita Lazar and Michelle M. Lazar | pp. 45–65
The narrative construction of identity: The adequation of Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden in the “war on terror”Adam Hodges | pp. 67–87
Discourses of freedom: Gender and religion in US media coverage of the war on IraqKatherine Lemons | pp. 89–103
Arabs in the morning paper: A case of shifting identityGregory Ian Stoltz | pp. 105–121
Visual discourses of war: Multimodal analysis of photographs of the Iraq occupationDavid Machin | pp. 123–142
"Martyrs and terrorists, resistance and insurgency": Contextualizing the exchange of terrorism discourses on Al-JazeeraBecky Schulthies and Aomar Boum | pp. 143–160
Between “us” and “them”: Two TV interviews with German chancellor Gerhard Schröder in the run-up to the Iraq warAnnette Becker | pp. 161–183
Discourse of war and terrorism in Serbia: "We were fighting the terrorists already in Bosnia..."Zala Volcic and Karmen Erjavec | pp. 185–204
“Fear of terror attack persists”: Constructing fear in reports on terrorism by international news agenciesMaija Stenvall | pp. 205–222
The politics of fear: A critical inquiry into the role of violence in 21st century politicsMatteo Stocchetti | pp. 223–241
Index | pp. 243–248
“This book serves as a testament to the growing inter-disciplinary and cross-disciplinary nature of (critical) discourse studies. In this book, the editors Hodges and Nilep have succeeded at bringing together scholars from diverse backgrounds to address an increasingly important theme, the war on terror, with its political, social, and cultural implications. Informed by theories from critical language studies, ethnography, multimodality, political science, and cultural studies, the analyses in this book all employ empirical data and apply clearly defined methodologies. This book would be an excellent addition to the shelves of those interested in the critical study of discourse, particularly those who want to understand how discourse has been used to legitimate war, subvert opposition, and obfuscate reality in the seemingly unending fight against terrorists worldwide.”
Lutfi M. Hussein, Mesa Community College, Arizona, in Discourse & Society 20(2), 2009.
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Subjects & Metadata
BIC Subject: CFG – Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis
BISAC Subject: LAN015000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Rhetoric