Brute Reality

Brute Reality : Power, Discourse and the Mediation of War

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Brute Reality provides an authoritative analysis of those formal attempts, made by prominent social actors, to present a rationale for the existence and exercise of coercive power. The 'War on Terror' and its associated campaigns are presented as an aggressive attempt to assert the contradictory interests of a trans-national elite.

The period chosen to illustrate the key characteristics of this enterprise, extends from the state of 'war' created after the September 11th attacks, to the strategic adjustments begun during the nadir of the Iraq adventure; it also includes reference to the modifications in policy carried out under the auspices of the Obama Presidency. The book provides a critical insight into a number of influential structures that have helped to shape contemporary attitudes to warfare, and contains a wealth of transcripts and media sources, from Channel Four's coverage of September 11th, to the rhetorical pronouncements of leading politicians.

Brute Reality represents a significant addition to the existing literature on representations of the 'War on Terror' in the mass media, and will have a strong appeal to keen students of media, communication, cultural and American studies.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 134 x 212 x 20mm | 281.23g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745320791
  • 9780745320793
  • 1,421,799

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Introduction: The Composition of the 'Terror War'

1. From The 'War On Terror' To 'Overseas Contingency Operations'

2. War, Terror And the Real

3. Media and the Reproduction Of Meaning

4. Surveillance, Authority and Linguistic Categories

5. Film, Bureaucracy and the Gendered Protagonist

6. Economic Transformation, Protest and the State

Conclusion: Democracy and the Terror War



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'Dismantles the myths of the war on terror and demonstrates how the rhetoric of terror provides a pretext for the consolidation of state security and the expansion of military power' -- Stephen Morton, University of Southampton 'An original, incisive and elegantly written analysis of contemporary warfare, rhetoric and power' -- Karen Ross, Professor of Media and Public Communication, University of Liverpool
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About Stuart Price

Stuart Price is Principal Lecturer in Media, Film and Journalism, at De Montfort University, UK. He is the author of Discourse Power Address (2007) and a number of books on media and communication, including Communication Studies (1996). His current research project is based on an analysis of authority and the 'strategic apprehension' of disorder.
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