Writing the War on Terrorism: Language, Politics and Counter-terrorism

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Manchester University Press, Jul 22, 2005 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 232 pages
'Writing the war on terrorism' examines the public language of the war on terrorism, and the way that rhetoric has been used to justify the global counter-terrorism offensive as a response to 9/11. It discusses how language has been used to deliberately manipulate public anxiety about terrorist threats to gain support for military action, and how the abuse of Iraqi prisoners has been normalised through rhetoric and practice. .

The author argues that the normalisation and institutionalisation of the administration's current counter-terrorism approach is damaging to society's ethical values and to democratic political participation.
 

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Contents

language and politics
1
Analysing the language of counterterrorism
8
Writing September 11 2001
29
Writing identity evil terrorists good Americans
59
Writing threat and danger
92
Writing the good new war on terrorism
121
Language and power reproducing the discourse
153
politics violence and resistance
180
official texts
190
References
216
Index
225
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Richard Jackson is Lecturer in International Security at the Centre for International Politics at the University of Manchester.

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