Discourses of War and Peace

Hardcover | August 1, 2013

EditorAdam Hodges

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Given the prevalence of war around the world, it is vital to understand the way discourse contributes to the promotion and positioning of war as a natural or inevitable response to international problems. In addition, it is equally necessary to examine the way discourse impacts projects ofpeace, which seek to displace discourses of war with alternative visions of the world. This volume examines specific contexts around the world in which discourse operates in the service of war or to build alternative visions of peace. Contributors, who have backgrounds in linguistics, anthropology,rhetoric, and communication studies, draw upon discourse analytic and ethnographic methods to examine the discourse used by politicians and social actors in societies across the globe, including the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Morocco, Ireland, the Palestinian territories, and Japan. The book is divided into four sections that foreground the political effects of discourse on issues of war and peace, including the way discourse is harnessed to justify war (part I), negotiate military deployment (part II), respond to armed conflict (part III), and promote peace (part IV).

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Given the prevalence of war around the world, it is vital to understand the way discourse contributes to the promotion and positioning of war as a natural or inevitable response to international problems. In addition, it is equally necessary to examine the way discourse impacts projects ofpeace, which seek to displace discourses of war...

Adam Hodges is author of The 'War on Terror' Narrative: Discourse and Intertextuality in the Construction and Contestation of Sociopolitical Reality (2011, Oxford University Press), and co-editor of Discourse, War and Terrorism (2007, John Benjamins Publishing). His work in discourse analysis examines the social, cultural, and politica...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 6.5 × 9.41 × 1.18 inPublished:August 1, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199937273

ISBN - 13:9780199937271

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Introduction1. Adam Hodges: War, Discourse, and PeacePart I. Justifying War2. Patricia Dunmire: 'New World Coming': Narratives of the Future in U.S. Post-Cold War National Security Discourse3. Adam Hodges: The Generic U.S. Presidential War Narrative: Justifying Military Force and Imagining the Nation4. Anna Podvornaia: The Discursive Battlefield of the "War on Terror": Enabling Strategies for Garnering Public Support in the Rhetoric of George W. Bush and Osama bin Laden5. Aditi Bhatia: World of the Impolitic: A Critical Study of the British WMD DossierPart II. Negotiating Military Deployment6. Janis Goldie: Culture Clash: Framing Peacekeeping and its Role in a Canadian Context7. Chad Nilep: Promising without Speaking: Military Realignment and Political Promising in JapanPart III. Responding to Armed Conflict8. Candler Hallman: "Everyone Has Their Particular Part to Play": Commensuration in the Northern Irish and Palestinian Victims' Rights Movements9. Becky Schulthies: Reasonable Affects: Moroccan Family Responses to Mediated ViolencePart IV. Promoting Peace10. Anna Marie Trester: Performing Peace: The Framing of Silence in a Quaker Vigil11. Taku Suzuki: Narrating War and Peace at Battle Ruins: Okinawan Tourism-Activism DiscoursesIndex