Projecting the Future through Political Discourse

The case of the Bush doctrine

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This monograph examines the rhetorical nature and function of representations of the future in political discourse, focusing on political actors’ use of hegemonic images of future “reality” to achieve their political goals. It argues that a key ideological dimension of political rhetoric lies in politicians’ use of projections of the future to legitimate policies and actions. This argument is grounded in systemic-functional and critical discourse analyses of the “Bush Doctrine,” the U.S. policy response to the September 11 terrorist attacks which sanctioned a “preemptive” military posture. By focusing on the discursive construction of the future, this project addresses a lacunae in critical discourse studies and calls attention to the crucial role that the discourse and practice of “futurology” has played in post-Cold War politics and society. It will be of value to scholars interested in the discourses of politics, the “war on terror,” U.S. national security, and futurology.
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Table of Contents
Acknowledgements
xi–xii
Chapter 1. Introduction: Why study discourse about the future?
1–26
Chapter 2. The Politics, rhetoric, and ideology of projecting the future
27–54
Chapter 3. Securing the future for the “American Peace”: Preventive war as national security strategy
55–88
Chapter 4. Prefiguring the future: President Bush’s case for war against Iraq
89–124
Chapter 5. Transforming national security, legitimating preventive war
125–146
Chapter 6. Preserving “Pax Americana”: Back to the future of the Bush Doctrine
147–164
Chapter 7. “Clear and present danger”: Building the “World of Tomorrow” in a new security era
165–188
Chapter 8. Conclusion
189–198
Works cited
199–214
Index
215–218
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Subjects
BIC Subject: CFG – Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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