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From September 11th 2001 to 9-11: From Void to Crisis

Holland, J (2009) From September 11th 2001 to 9-11: From Void to Crisis International Political Sociology, 3 (3). pp. 275-292.

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This paper draws on interviews conducted in the days and weeks after the events of September 11th, 2001, analyzing the transition from “September 11th, 2001” to “9-11.” That is, from the discursive void that immediately followed the acts of terrorism in New York, Virginia and Pennsylvania to the apparently self-evident crisis that the events came to represent in the following days and weeks. First, the paper redresses persistent oversights of discourse-oriented work by recognizing and investigating both the agency of the US general public and the context that official responses were articulated in. Second, the paper serves to denaturalize the construction of 9-11 as crisis, questioning the first and pre-requisite stage of the emerging discourse of the “War on Terror.” Theorizing void, crisis and their relationship enables an understanding of how the War on Terror was possible and opens a critical space for its contestation.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Department of Politics
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Date : 1 September 2009
Identification Number : 10.1111/j.1749-5687.2009.00076.x
Additional Information : This is the updated version of the accepted manuscript of the following article: Holland J From September 11th 2001 to 9-11: From Void to Crisis International Political Sociology 3(3):275-292 01 Sep 2009, which has been published in final form at
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 02 Apr 2014 16:07
Last Modified : 17 Feb 2015 15:35

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