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The Bbc, the 'war on Terror' and the Discursive Construction of Terrorism : Representing Al-Qaeda - Jared Ahmad

The Bbc, the 'war on Terror' and the Discursive Construction of Terrorism

Representing Al-Qaeda

Paperback Published: 24th January 2019
ISBN: 9783030095338
Number Of Pages: 226

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In the years since the September 11th 2001 attacks, the al-Qaeda phenomenon has become one of the most written about, yet crucially misunderstood, threats of the 21st century. But despite the sheer volume of literature produced during the 'war on terror' period, few studies have sought to consider the way this entity has been represented within the news media. The BBC, the War on Terror and the Discursive Construction of Al-Qaeda addresses this significant gap in knowledge by providing an original and much needed assessment of the various strategies used to depict 'al-Qaeda', and thus make it meaningful for British television audiences. Drawing on the work of French philosopher Michel Foucault, and focusing on Britain's most watched and trusted news programme, the BBC's flagship 'News at Ten' bulletin, the book provides insight into both the visual and verbal nature of these representations and the way they have shifted over the course of a ten-year period, while also shedding light upon the broader political and social consequences of the BBC's portrayals. In doing so, the book not only helps to develop a deeper understanding of the complexity of the BBC's representations, and their various shifts and transformations, but also details the process through which 'al-Qaeda' has been pieced together from a range of cultural parts. And how, ultimately, the dominant mode of representation used to portray this entity is one that closely resembles Britain's own, diverse multicultural 'self'.

ISBN: 9783030095338
ISBN-10: 3030095339
Series: New Security Challenges
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 226
Published: 24th January 2019
Dimensions (cm): 21.01 x 14.81  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.29

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