By Lilie Chouliaraki
This publication, which used to be initially released as a different factor of Journal of Language & Politics 4:1 (2005), takes the warfare in Iraq as an exemplary case during which to illustrate the altering nature of latest strength. The ebook convincingly argues that the powerful learn of overseas politics relies this present day upon our realizing of the interaction among challenging (military, monetary) and delicate (symbolic) energy. One may perhaps say, among the politics of territory, weapons or cash and the language of narrating the area in coherent and persuasive tales. Bringing jointly diversified strands of discourse research with social, historic and, to an volume, political research, all contributions search to demonstrate the ways that various public genres, from political speeches to desktop video games and from academic fabric to newspaper stories, produce influential wisdom concerning the warfare and form the moral and political premises upon which the legitimacy of this battle and a ‘vision’ of the emergent international order rests.
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Yet Urban II, who launched the first crusade in 1095, used essentially similar strategies (Graham, Keenan, and Dowd 2004). The particulars of these general strategies for militarising bodies politic necessarily change with the ‘societal order of discourse’ (Fairclough 1992). They are achieved by means of the most effective forms of mediation available and enacted by the most legitimate speakers of the day. Creel trail-blazed the close collaborations between government, corporations, artists’ guilds, and scholarly organisations in the prosecution of war.
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The processes of change which are represented, and constructed, in terms of categories such as these can be seen as partly actual and partly imagined responses to socioeconomic crisis. Schematically, we can sum up the role of discourse in such situations of crisis as follows (see Jessop 2002): 1. There is a crisis in the existing social order, and competing strategies on the part of different groups of social agents emerge to resolve it. 2. New discourses emerge in response to the crisis, as facets of strategies, which constitute ‘imaginaries’ for a new economic and political ‘fix’, a new order.
The Soft Power of War (Benjamins Current Topics) by Lilie Chouliaraki