This chapter introduces the book’s comprehensive treatment of the discourse of the George W. Bush administration in the years after 9/11. In addition to laying out the topic, the chapter provides background information on key concepts used in the analysis. Namely, it forwards a broad understanding of discourse, which takes into account Foucault’s conceptualization of the term, and discusses the notions of dialogism, intertextuality, citationality, and iterability. It then discusses the three types of data used in the book’s analysis (presidential speeches, media discourse, and focus group interviews); and details the book’s structure and organization including an overview of each chapter.
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