Democracy and America's War on Terror / Edition 1

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Robert Ivie, who has written extensively over the last thirty years on America's rhetorical appetite for war, discusses democracy's centrality to the national identity and how prevailing constructions of democracy constitute a republic of fear in which the threat of foreign and domestic "otherss" chronically exaggerated through rituals of vilification and victimization.

In reassessing the nation's traditional distrust of democracy (the lively and healthy exchange of differing ideas and ideals) and critiquing the rhetoric of evil, Ivie argues that the problem of international terrorism is best addressed by strengthening, rather than weakening, America's democratic practices—that is, by enriching a democratic culture of robust debate. Divisive issues, for Ivie, should be engaged overtly and constructively, contested through a rhetoric of identification that bridges the differences between adversaries without effacing their identities. This would be, he believes, a strategy more responsive to, and realistic for, the prevailing condition of racial diversity in the global information age.

Democracy and America's War on Terror will be of interest to public policymakers and informed general readers as well as students and scholars in the fields of rhetoric, political theory/philosophy, democratic theory, U.S. foreign relations/policy, war and peace studies, terrorism, and cultural studies.

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"A superb book. Tight, coherent, and well conceived, it is a timely intervention in very important current events and issues. More important, it nicely joins commentary with a theoretical analysis of democracy that is compelling. This book is an excellent example of a kind of public intellectualism that is all too rare.”— Jeffrey C. Isaac, author of Democracy in Dark Times

"Robert Ivie is a first-rate scholar, and this book shows a stunning mastery of the scholarship and journalism converging on the topic. He writes clearly and authoritatively on everything from Greek ideas about democracy and rhetoric to yesterday's speech by a politician. This is an important book deserving a wide readership."
—Jay Mechling, author of On My Honor: Boy Scouts and the Making of American Youth

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780817353384
  • Publisher: University of Alabama Press
  • Publication date: 2/19/2006
  • Series: Rhetoric Culture and Social Critique Series
  • Edition description: 1st Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert L. Ivie is Professor of Communication and Culture at Indiana University and coauthor of Cold War Rhetoric: Strategy, Metaphor, and Ideology and Congress Declares War: Rhetoric, Leadership, and Partisanship in the Early Republic.

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