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Security as Practice : Discourse Analysis and the Bosnian War - Lene Hansen

Security as Practice

Discourse Analysis and the Bosnian War

Paperback Published: 16th February 2006
ISBN: 9780415335751
Number Of Pages: 288

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This important text offers a full and detailed account of how to use discourse analysis to study foreign policy making. It provides an in-depth discussion of the methodology of discourse analysis and a poststructuralist theory of the relationship between identity and foreign policy.
Part I examines the concept of identity and the intertextual relationship between official foreign policy discourse and oppositional and media discourses. It explains how genres can be as significant as having authority and knowledge when authors and politicians seek to establish themselves. Lene Hansen also presents and explains a theory of the construction of identity in foreign policy debates and demonstrates how competing discourses destabilize each other and how the dynamic of self versus other, pervades the process of foreign policy making.
Part II applies discourse analytical theory and methodology to a detailed analysis of the Western debate on the Bosnian war. This analysis includes a historical genealogy of the Western construction of the Balkans as well as readings of the official British and American policies, the debate in the House of Commons and the US Senate, Western media representations, academic debates and travel writing and autobiography.
Providing an introduction to discourse analysis and critical perspectives on international relations this book will be essential reading for students and scholars of international relations, security studies and research methodology.

Introductionp. 1
The theory and methodology of discourse analysisp. 15
Discourse analysis, identity, and foreign policyp. 17
Beyond the other : analyzing the complexity of identityp. 37
Intertextualizing foreign policy : genres, authority, and knowledgep. 55
Research designs, asking questions and choosing textsp. 73
A discourse analysis of the Western debate on the Bosnian warp. 93
The basic discourses in the Western debate over Bosniap. 95
Humanitarian responsibility versus 'lift and strike' : tracing trans-Atlantic policy discoursesp. 115
Writing the past, predicting the future : travelers, realism, and the politics of civilizationp. 148
The failure of the West? : the evolution of the genocide discourse and the ethics of inactionp. 179
Conclusionp. 211
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ISBN: 9780415335751
ISBN-10: 0415335752
Series: New International Relations
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 16th February 2006
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.37 x 16.0  x 1.65
Weight (kg): 0.44
Edition Number: 1