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‘We (For)got Him': Remembering and Forgetting in the Narration of bin Laden’s Death

Jarvis, L and Holland, Jack (2014) ‘We (For)got Him': Remembering and Forgetting in the Narration of bin Laden’s Death Millennium Journal of International Studies.

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This article explores how the death of Osama bin Laden was narrated by the Obama Administration between the night of his killing and the 2012 State of the Union address. Three aspects of this unfolding story, in particular, are explored: i) Descriptions of the operation itself; ii) Constructions of bin Laden’s life and character; and, iii) Accounts of the significance and likely consequences of his killing. The article argues that the narration of these events was characterised, first, by considerable discursive continuity with the war on terrorism discourse of George W. Bush. And, second, by a gradual removal or ‘forgetting’ of bin Laden and the circumstances of his death. Each of these dynamics, we argue, contributed to the legitimisation of his killing, demonstrating the importance of narrative remembrance and forgetting alike for the conduct and justification of liberal violence.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Authors :
Jarvis, L
Date : 1 January 2014
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 16 Feb 2017 12:54
Last Modified : 22 Jun 2018 14:52

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