By Kathleen Gleeson
Too usually, current literature has conflated the discourses that enabled the 'War on Terror', ignoring the contextual specificities of the states that make up the 'Coalition of the Willing'. Australia's 'war on terror' Discourse fills this hole via delivering a whole and sustained serious research of Australian international coverage discourse besides the theoretical synthesis for a particular version of serious discourse research of the subject.The language of then top Minister Howard is the first concentration of the publication yet awareness is usually paid to the language of key ministers, political competitors and different favorite actors. The voices of these who challenged the dominant discourse also are thought of to make clear the ways that discourses should be destabilised. Kathleen Gleeson exhibits how Howard effectively invoked narratives of identification and sovereignty that resonated along with his viewers and promoted his transformed narrative of Australia while dealing with dissent from many actors who voiced their competition so much effectively once they capitalised on inconsistencies in the discourse.
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These images and words, these discursive signifiers – which bred in many Americans a thirst for retribution – meant that the US was ‘justified, even compelled, to respond with aggression’ (Berrington, 2002, 49). Thus it can be said that although this interpretive phase did not determine the response of the Bush Administration, it played a key role in paving the way for the domestic political interpretation of the events of 9/11. Although the immediate act of political interpretation in The United States was brief, the decision to understand the terrorist attacks as an act of war rather than a crime was an important one.
In practice, it is a theoretical tool for fleshing out the link between discursive and social practice in a particular discourse (Foucault, 2007). Critical Discourse Analysis Gelber (2007, 93) has observed that better results in discourse analysis can be achieved by combining elements of a number of approaches. Despite its merits, it has been recognised by both critics and followers of Foucault that his discourse theory is seriously abstract in parts, was applied by him only in a limited sense (to discourses of the human sciences), and also fails to provide a tangible means for analysing text or practice (Dreyfus and Rabinow, 1983; Fairclough, 1992).
The problems associated with understanding 9/11 as an act of war rather than a crime, and framing the response in like terms are – from an analytical perspective – well documented (Campbell, 2002; M. 6 Normatively, the associated issues are 6 Of note is the frequently-made point that the terrorist attacks committed on 11th September could be both understood and addressed as a crime. , 2005). Indeed Campbell (2002) reminds us that the criminal justice system worked effectively in bringing to justice the perpetrators of the 1998 bombing of two US embassies in East Africa.
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