This book is about the public language of the 'war on terrorism' and the way in which language has been deployed to justify and normalise a global campaign of counter-terrorism. It explains how the war on terrorism has been reproduced and amplified by key social actors and how it has become the dominant political narrative in America today, enjoying widespread bipartisan and popular support. The book also explains why the language of politics is so important and the main methodological approach for analysing the language of counter-terrorism, namely, critical discourse analysis. Then, it provides the comparison drawn between the September 11, 2001 attacks and World War II and the attack on Pearl Harbor. One of the most noticeable aspects of the language surrounding the attacks of September 11, 2001 is its constant reference to tragedy, grievance and the exceptional suffering of the American people. The book focuses on the way in which language was deployed to construct the main identities of the protagonists. It demonstrates how terrorism is rhetorically constructed as posing a catastrophic threat to the American 'way of life', to freedom, liberty and democracy and even to civilisation itself. The book analyses how the administration's counter-terrorism campaign has been rhetorically constructed as an essentially 'good' and 'just war', similar to America's role in World War II. Finally, the book concludes that responsible citizens have a moral duty to oppose and resist the official language of counter-terrorism.
Discourses of normality and denormalisation in German punk lyrics
normality may be traced as a generic feature of punk discourse; an essential ingredient rather than a national flavour, even if it may be ‘cooked’ in slightly
different ways. The examples happen to be German not because the concern
with normality is specific to German punk, but because the author happens
to be a Germanist and therefore more competent in this area than in others.
The chapter is based on CriticalDiscourseAnalysis (CDA), ‘a problem-oriented interdisciplinary research movement, subsuming a variety of approaches’
with ‘a shared interest in the semiotic
explain how the
discourse of counter-terrorism constructs the practice of
The analysis of discourse
The method I have employed to
examine the language of the ‘war on terrorism’ is known
broadly as criticaldiscourseanalysis. This approach is at once both a
technique for analysing specific texts or speech acts, and a way of
, examining its discursive importance in reproducing racism. It has
particular resonance, given that the majority of black people live in concentrated urban centres, and therefore how they are represented to the
broader to society through the media has major consequences. I develop
a criticaldiscourseanalysis of Top Boy to understand how the iconic
ghetto is reproduced throughout the show. My study involved watching
and re-watching the series to pull out the discursive themes. From this
analysis the basis of the iconic ghetto portrayed throughout the show
, 1992). In this chapter, we demonstrate how one particular
type of discursive policy analysis, poststructuralist policy analysis,
when articulated with elements of criticaldiscourseanalysis and
rhetorical political analysis, can contribute important tools and concepts for the conduct of critical policy studies. Our approach goes
beyond a minimal and cognitive conception of discourse, in which
discourse is reduced to simply another variable that can be subjected to empirical testing, and which often gives rise to what we might
term ‘discourse-lite’ forms of
Comparing hijabs in schools and turbans in the Garda reserve
Nathalie Rougier and Iseult Honohan
in European societies and shedding light on ‘critical boundary issues’
across the various modalities of acceptance and non-acceptance.
In this research we analysed public debates (newspapers, blogs, TV
and radio recordings, parliamentary proceedings and policy documents), carried out fifteen interviews, and held two discussion groups
with a variety of social actors (academics and practitioners) in the field
of education and migration. The data were analysed using a CriticalDiscourseAnalysis approach (Wodak, 2001; Wodak and Meyer, 2009)
In this broad sweep, Mayo explores dominant European discourses of higher education, in the contexts of different globalisations and neoliberalism, and examines its extension to a specific region. It explores alternatives in thinking and practice including those at the grassroots, also providing a situationally grounded project of university–community engagement. Signposts for further directions for higher education lifelong learning, with a social justice purpose, are provided.
Identity is often regarded as something that is possessed by individuals, states, and other agents. In this edited collection, identity is explored across a range of approaches and under-explored case studies with a view to making visible its fractured, contingent, and dynamic features. The book brings together themes of belonging and exclusion, identity formation and fragmentation. It also examines how identity functions in discourse, and the effects it produces, both materially and in ideational terms. Taking in case studies from Asia-Pacific, Europe, the Middle East and Latin America, the various chapters interrogate identity through formal governing mechanisms, popular culture and place. These studies demonstrate the complex and fluid nature of identity and identity practices, as well as implications for theorising identity.
techniques that can be applied in
the use of discourse analysis. Even criticaldiscourseanalysis, the leading
paradigm in analysing discursive texts from a theoretical basis in line with
the hermeneutical/Foucauldian approach outlined in the first half of this
chapter, is far from homogenous.3 Given its theoretical foundations, criticaldiscourseanalysis is ‘faced with the twofold task of revealing the relationship between linguistic means, forms and structures and concrete
linguistic practice, and making transparent the reciprocal relationship
between discursive action
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