Post-9/11 American Presidential Rhetoric
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Post-9/11 American Presidential Rhetoric : A Study of Protofascist Discourse

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Post-9/11 American Presidential Rhetoric examines the communication offensive orchestrated by George W. Bush and the members of his administration between the initial terrorism crisis of September 11, 2001, and the March 20, 2003, invasion of Iraq. Colleen Elizabeth Kelley argues that the president relied on a set of particular strategies that coalesced into protofascist talk in order to discursively manage the post-9/11 situation and justify its 2003 war against Iraq. This book suggests a framework for analyzing emergent fascist public discourse and its potential for producing additional substantial antidemocratic speech and action. Kelley further reviews the role of the media in conveying President Bush's rhetorical doctrine to the American public. The rhetoric of democratic discourse is presented as a firewall to guarantee that such speech-based behaviors, which are endorsed by willing publics and developed within democracies, fail to thrive and do not destroy the very systems that enabled them in the first place. Post-9/11 American Presidential Rhetoric is a stimulating text that will strike up discussion among scholars of political communication and those interested in cultural studies.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 340 pages
  • 162 x 240 x 28mm | 621g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739112260
  • 9780739112267

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Everyone seems to believe that 'everything changed' after the events of 9/11/2001, although the meaning of that 'everything' continues to be debated in public discourse both in the U.S. and internationally. Colleen Kelley makes a powerful, careful, and refreshingly non-ideological case, well-grounded in the literatures of history and communication, for the emergence of what she calls 'proto-fascism' in the rhetoric of the Bush Administration. This book should be of wide interest, not only to scholars of the presidency, but to students and general readers interested in making sense of the dangerous new world we have entered since 9/11. -- James Arnt Aune, professor of communication, Texas A&M Universityshow more

About Colleen Elizabeth Kelley

Colleen Elizabeth Kelley is associate professor of speech communication at the Pennsylvania State University.show more

Table of contents

Chapter 1 History of Fascism Chapter 2 The Rhetorical Presidency, Power, and Fascist Discourse Chapter 3 Presidential Discourse and Fascism Chapter 4 The Discourse of the Syndicate Chapter 5 The Discourse of the President Chapter 6 A Keystone Strategy Chapter 7 The Post-9/11 Rhetorical Doctrine Chapter 8 Implications of the Post-9/11 American Presidency Chapter 9 Voicing Democracyshow more

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