The War on Terror Narrative: Discourse and Intertextuality in the Construction and Contestation of…

Paperback | April 29, 2011

byAdam Hodges

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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 recontextualizationallows 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 tomacro-level cultural narratives like the Bush "War on Terror" narrative.

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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...

Adam Hodges is Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities at Carnegie Mellon University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:April 29, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. The Characterization of 9/11 and America's Response to Terrorism3. The Narrative's Part-Whole Textual Interdependence4. The Construction of Al Qaeda and Iraq as Linked Antagonists5. Intertextual Series: Reproduction and Resistance in the Media6. Talking Politics: The Narrative's Reception among College Students7. Whose Vietnam?: Discursive Competition over the Vietnam Analogy8. ConclusionAppendix A. Corpus of Presidential SpeechesAppendix B. Transcription Conventions for Presidential SpeechesAppendix C. Transcription Conventions for Focus Group InterviewsMedia Discourse DataReferencesIndex