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The "War on Terror" Narrative: Discourse and Intertextuality in the Construction and Contestation of Sociopolitical Reality

by Adam Hodges
     
 

ISBN-10: 0199759596

ISBN-13: 9780199759590

Pub. Date: 04/15/2011

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

The War on Terror Narrative analyzes three types of data—presidential speeches, U.S. media discourse, and focus group interviews—to provide a longitudinal and holistic study of the formation, circulation, and contestation of the Bush administration's narrative about the "war on terror." The narrative sustains, in Foucault's terms, a "

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The War on Terror Narrative analyzes three types of data—presidential speeches, U.S. media discourse, and focus group interviews—to provide a longitudinal and holistic study of the formation, circulation, and contestation of the Bush administration's narrative about the "war on terror." The narrative sustains, in Foucault's terms, a "regime of truth" by placing boundaries around what can meaningfully be said and understood about the subject. Adam Hodges illustrates that even as social actors resist the narrative and the policy it entails, they appropriate its language to be heard and understood. While this often works to strengthen the narrative, discourse is inevitably reshaped as it enters into new contexts. This recontextualization allows for the introduction of new meanings, and therein lies the potential for resistance and social transformation. Hodges argues that applying ideas on intertextuality to the analysis of political discourse is central to understanding the way micro-level discursive action contributes to macro-level cultural narratives like the Bush "War on Terror" narrative.

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ISBN-13:
9780199759590
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
04/15/2011
Series:
Oxford Studies in Sociolinguistics Series
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.70(d)

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Introduction Chapter 2. The Characterization of 9/11 and America's Response to Terrorism Chapter 3. The Narrative's Part-Whole Textual Interdependence Chapter 4. The Construction of Al Qaeda and Iraq as Linked Antagonists Chapter 5. Intertextual Series: Reproduction and Resistance in the Media Chapter 6. Talking Politics: The Narrative's Reception among College Students Chapter 7. Whose Vietnam?: Discursive Competition over the Vietnam Analogy Chapter 8. Conclusion Appendix A. Corpus of Presidential Speeches Appendix B. Transcription Conventions for Presidential Speeches Appendix C. Transcription Conventions for Focus Group Interviews Media Discourse Data References Index

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