At War with Metaphor

At War with Metaphor : Media, Propaganda, and Racism in the War on Terror

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At War with Metaphor offers a compelling analysis of our public discussions of the war on terror and the binding conceptual metaphors through which they are framed. Examining the images of animal, insect, and disease that shape and limit our understanding of the war, and tying these images to historical and contemporary uses of propaganda and media filters, the authors explore how news media, including political cartoons and talk radio, are enmeshed in this damaging, dehumanizing more

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  • Paperback | 266 pages
  • 149.86 x 228.6 x 25.4mm | 408.23g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739121995
  • 9780739121993
  • 1,216,482

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Written in easy-to-read prose and including abundant footnotes and a comprehensive bibliography, this volume will serve those interested in the mass media per se and its effects on society...Recommended. CHOICE, March 2009 A valuable contribution to our growing understanding of the ways in which we talk ourselves into war, genocide, and other crimes against humanity. It causes us to wonder what might happen if we had the courage to deal with our rivalries and conflicts in a realistic manner rather than dehumanizing and demonizing those we consider enemies. -- Sam Keen, author of Faces of the Enemyshow more

About Erin Steuter

Erin Steuter is associate professor of sociology at Mount Allison University. Deborah Wills is associate professor of English at Mount Allison more

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Part 2 Part I: Metaphor Matters Chapter 3 Chapter 1. Weaponizing Words: Metaphor and War Chapter 4 Chapter 2. Making Enemies: Propaganda and the Making of the Orientalist "Other" Chapter 5 Chapter 3. Rallying Racism: Dehumanization and Genocide Part 6 Part II: Enlisting Discourse Chapter 7 Chapter 4. Rats in the Trap: Animal Metaphors in the News Chapter 8 Chapter 5. Infestation and Eradication: Exterminationist Rhetoric in Political Cartoons Chapter 9 Chapter 6. HateSpeak: Discourses of Dehumanization in Talk Radio Part 10 Part III: Dangerous Discourses Chapter 11 Chapter 7. Media March to War: Understanding News Filters Chapter 12 Chapter 8. Boiling the Blood and Narrowing the Mind: Fomenting Backlash Chapter 13 Chapter 9. Talking Our War to Peace: New Metaphors for Changeshow more

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