By Kathleen Gleeson

ISBN-10: 1472419855

ISBN-13: 9781472419859

Too usually, latest 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 offering a whole and sustained severe research of Australian overseas coverage discourse in addition to the theoretical synthesis for a particular version of serious discourse research of the subject.The language of then leading Minister Howard is the first concentration of the booklet yet awareness can also be paid to the language of key ministers, political competitors and different well-liked actors. The voices of these who challenged the dominant discourse also are thought of to make clear the ways that discourses could be destabilised. Kathleen Gleeson exhibits how Howard effectively invoked narratives of id and sovereignty that resonated along with his viewers and promoted his remodeled 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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The exploration of Australia’s counter-terrorism discourse begins at its infancy, the time of interpretive chaos in the United States that swiftly resulted in the ascendancy of a neoconservative approach to security. It was in these very early days that John Howard offered near unqualified support for a US led War on Terrorism, a time when other world leaders were still in the interpretive and contemplative stage. And so began a complex campaign to justify a new chapter in Australian foreign policy, one that had far reaching implications internationally, domestically and on the level of individual subjectivity.

2). The framework is designed to be used in conjunction with the Foucauldian-derived discourse analysis and genealogy methodologies mentioned earlier. Given that communicative acts have meaning at all three levels, or in all three dimensions, analysis need not necessarily proceed each time from the same point. That is to say that the framework will be used in an integrative fashion, whereby the three stages of analysis are conducted simultaneously rather than in isolation. Throughout the direct analysis of language, key terms and phrases which point to important discursive processes will be shown in bold type, with an explanation of the discursive process to follow.

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. He muses that in response to the trial (completed just three months prior to 9/11), a New York Times journalist said ‘it’s a good reminder that trials and investigations and all those things that we sort of view as slow and cumbersome can actually work’. 28 Australia’s ‘war on terror’ Discourse manifold. Firstly, often cited is the hypocrisy inherent in the declaration of a ‘war’ on terror; a war on a common noun – a tactic – that the US has arguably tolerated if not supported in various forms in the past (particularly in Central and South America and against the Soviet Union during the Cold War) (Glover, 2002, 216–17).

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