By Lene Hansen
This very important textual content deals a whole and distinct account of ways to exploit discourse research to review overseas coverage. It offers a poststructuralist idea of the connection among identification and overseas coverage and an in-depth dialogue of the method of discourse analysis.
- Part I deals a close dialogue of the concept that of identification, the intertextual dating among legitimate international coverage discourse and oppositional and media discourses and of the significance of genres for authors' skill to set up themselves as having authority and data. Lene Hansen devotes specific awareness to method and gives specific instructions for the way to construct discourse analytical examine designs
- Part II applies discourse analytical idea and method in a close research of the Western debate at the Bosnian warfare. This research encompasses a old family tree of the Western building of the Balkans in addition to readings of the reliable British and American rules, the controversy in the home of Commons and the U.S. Senate, Western media representations, educational debates and go back and forth writing and autobiography.
Providing an advent to discourse research and demanding views on diplomacy, this ebook should be crucial analyzing for college students and students of diplomacy, discourse research and study methodology.
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11 For example, the extent to which Bush’s construction of the identities of ‘Saddam Hussein,’ ‘the Iraqi people,’ ‘the free world,’ and ‘America’ is seen as supporting the war against Iraq is to be analyzed both at the level of the textual construction of identities and how they are linked with policy and at the level of the wider responses to Bush’s policy and discourse. The contextualized and mutually adjusted character of the policy—identity constellation implies furthermore that their link is not a functionalist nor an essentialist one: stable links are constructed through and in response to discursive practices, practices which vary and depend on human agency, not on abstract functionalities.
Locating these works inside the wider debate, two concepts stand out as intertextual points of reference: civilizations and ancient hatred. Kennan’s introduction to the 1993 republication of Report of the International Commission To Inquire into the Causes and Conduct of the Balkan Wars from 1914. The concept of ancient hatred leads from readings of readings of neorealism to a critical evaluation of writings by John Mearsheimer and Barry Posen. ’ Chapter 9, ‘The failure of the West? The evolution of the Genocide discourse and the ethics of inaction,’ turns to the other basic discourse, the Genocide discourse, and its critique of Western policy.
Although this discourse employs different forms of representation than those of twenty-first century Western states, it can still be read in relational terms. Moving from an isolated group to the social entity of the nation state and the possibility of intrinsic identity it would be impossible, to take Wendt’s example of democratic identity, for a state to be ‘democratic all by itself’ in so far as this was a part of the discursive construction of state identity. 4 One solution to this opposition between a Wendtian intrinsic and a poststructuralist relational conception of identity might be to underline that constructions of identity involve processes of linking.