Brute Reality

Brute Reality : Power, Discourse and the Mediation of War

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Brute Reality is a fascinating analysis of the attempts by Western countries to justify their increasingly violent foreign-policy agendas and assert the contradictory interests of a transnational elite. Stuart Price provides a critical insight into a number of influential structures that have helped shape contemporary attitudes to warfare. The book contains a wealth of transcripts and media sources, including Channel Four's coverage of 9/11 and the rhetorical pronouncements of leading politicians. Beginning with the state of 'war' created after the September 11th attacks, Price follows the strategic adjustments begun during the Iraq adventure, and includes reference to the modifications in policy carried out during the Obama Presidency. Students of media, film and journalism will find this book an invaluable resource for the study of power, rhetoric, and mediation.
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  • Hardback | 240 pages
  • 135 x 215 x 17.78mm | 385.55g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745320805
  • 9780745320809

Table of contents

List of Illustrations Acknowledgements 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 Notes Bibliography Index
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Brute Reality offers an original, incisive and elegantly written analysis of contemporary warfare, rhetoric and power. Stuart Price argues that changes in the leadership of belligerent states will not prevent the consolidation of the western 'security regime'. This powerful structure is not a 'threat' to modern democracy, but expresses instead the values that lie at its core. -- Karen Ross, Professor of Media and Public Communication, University of Liverpool This timely and important book 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. Brute Reality is essential reading for anyone with an interest in the politics of war, violence and power in the twenty-first century. -- Stephen Morton, University of Southampton
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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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