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The “War on Terror” NarrativeDiscourse and Intertextuality in the Construction and Contestation of Sociopolitical Reality$
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Adam Hodges

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199759590

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199759590.001.0001

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Talking Politics: The Narrative’s Reception among College Students

Talking Politics: The Narrative’s Reception among College Students

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The “War on Terror” Narrative

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While language conveys particular ideological perspectives on the world and those perspectives may be unpacked through close textual analysis, of equal importance is the ideology of the text’s recipient since that ideological predisposition provides an important lens through which those texts are received and interpreted. This chapter focuses on how citizens who are not on the media stage understand America’s struggle against terrorism and recontextualize the language of the narrative as they interact with each other. It examines focus group data from discussions held with politically involved college students who attended school in the western United States. The aim is to understand how these students receive and reshape the discourse of the ‘war on terror’ that is in social circulation.

Keywords:   ideology, focus groups, recontextualization, text reception, war on terror

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