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The Elusive Essence of Evil: Constructing Otherness in the Coalition of the Willing

Holland, J (2014) The Elusive Essence of Evil: Constructing Otherness in the Coalition of the Willing In: Arguing Counter-Terrorism. New Perspectives. Routledge Critical Terrorism Studies (9). Routledge, Taylor & Francis. ISBN 978-0-415-64083-1

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Abstract

This chapter considers the construction of the terrorist Other, in relation to the fractured Self of the Coalition of the Willing. Despite mutual appeals to the essential evil-ness of enemies during the War on Terror, analyzing the discursive construction of threat and Otherness reveals that divergent understandings of Self-identity inevitably impacted upon a heterogeneous construction of Osama bin Laden’s Al Qaeda and Mullah Omar’s Taliban, as well as Saddam Hussein’s Ba’ath Party. In making this argument the chapter analyzes speeches from political leaders in the United States, Britain and Australia shortly after the events of September 11th, 2001.

Item Type: Book Section
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Department of Politics
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Date : 10 January 2014
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Additional Information : This is an electronic version of a book chapter published as Holland J (2014). The Elusive Essence of Evil: Constructing Otherness in the Coalition of the Willing. In Arguing Counter-Terrorism. New Perspectives.. Editors: Pisoiu D. Routledge, Taylor & Francis 10 Jan 2014 Available at: http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415640831/
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Date Deposited : 13 Nov 2013 16:09
Last Modified : 11 Jul 2015 01:08
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/738749

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