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Howard's War on Terror: A Conceivable, Communicable and Coercive Foreign Policy Discourse

Holland, J (2010) Howard's War on Terror: A Conceivable, Communicable and Coercive Foreign Policy Discourse Australian Journal of Political Science, 45 (4). 643 - 661. ISSN 1036-1146

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Abstract

This article explores the relationship between language and political possibility. It is argued that John Howard’s language from 11 September 2001 to mid 2003 helped to enable the ‘War on Terror’ in an Australian context in three principal ways. Firstly, through contingent and contestable constructions of Australia, the world and their relationship, Howard’s language made interventionism conceivable. Secondly, emphasising shared values, mateship and mutual sacrifice in war, Howard embedded his foreign policy discourse in the cultural terrain of ‘mainstream Australia’, specifically framing a foreign policy discourse that was communicable to ‘battlers’ and disillusioned ‘Hansonites’. Thirdly, positioning alternatives as ‘un-Australian’, Howard’s language was particularly coercive, silencing potential oppositional voices.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an electronic version of an article published as Holland J (2010). Howard's War on Terror: A Conceivable, Communicable and Coercive Foreign Policy Discourse. Australian Journal of Political Science 45(4):643-661 Available online at: http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/cajp20/45/4
Uncontrolled Keywords: Social Sciences, Political Science, Government & Law, POLITICS, IRAQ
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Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Human Sciences > Politics
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 05 Nov 2012 13:32
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2014 13:36
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/235576

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