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The “War on Terror” Narrative
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The “War on Terror” Narrative: Discourse and Intertextuality in the Construction and Contestation of Sociopolitical Reality

Adam Hodges


This book 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, which forwards a powerful set of assumptions and explanations about America’s response to terrorism since September 11, 2001, acts as a type of discursive formation that sustains, in Foucault’s terms, a ‘regime of truth.’ It places boundaries around what can meaningfully be said and understood about the subject. A ... More

Keywords: Bush administration, discursive formation, intertextuality, narrative, political discourse, presidential rhetoric, sociopolitical reality, recontextualization, regime of truth, war on terror

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199759590
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199759590.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Adam Hodges, author
Carnegie Mellon University
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