Too often, existing literature has conflated the discourses that
enabled the 'War on Terror', ignoring the contextual specificities
of the states that make up the 'Coalition of the Willing'.
Australia's 'war on terror' Discourse fills this gap by providing a
full and sustained critical analysis of Australian foreign policy
discourse along with the theoretical synthesis for a specific model
of critical discourse analysis of the subject. The language of then
Prime Minister Howard is the primary focus of the book but
attention is also paid to the language of key ministers, political
opponents and other prominent actors. The voices of those who
challenged the dominant discourse are also considered to shed light
on the ways in which discourses can be destabilised. Kathleen
Gleeson shows how Howard successfully invoked narratives of
identity and sovereignty that resonated with his audience and
promoted his reworked narrative of Australia whilst facing dissent
from many actors who voiced their opposition most successfully when
they capitalised on inconsistencies within the discourse.
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