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Do Terrorists have Human Rights too? A Critical Analysis of the Representation of (Suspected) Terrorists in the "War against Terror" Discourse in the UK and US

Reed, Jessica (2005)
Department of Political Science
Abstract
Terrorism has for centuries been used as a leverage to attain political, social and economic goals. It is no new phenomena, but since the September 11th attacks of 2001 the American And British governments have instigated a new global ?war? against terrorism. The ?war against terror? discourse that the British and American governments seek to uphold provides a smokescreen from behind which the UK and the US have been able to pursue foreign policies that violate human rights, especially those of (suspected) terrorists. By creating a climate of fear of terrorism and portraying terrorists as inhuman, these governments are able to continue an illegitimate ?war? largely unquestioned. The following research paper is an exposé of the detrimental... (More)
Terrorism has for centuries been used as a leverage to attain political, social and economic goals. It is no new phenomena, but since the September 11th attacks of 2001 the American And British governments have instigated a new global ?war? against terrorism. The ?war against terror? discourse that the British and American governments seek to uphold provides a smokescreen from behind which the UK and the US have been able to pursue foreign policies that violate human rights, especially those of (suspected) terrorists. By creating a climate of fear of terrorism and portraying terrorists as inhuman, these governments are able to continue an illegitimate ?war? largely unquestioned. The following research paper is an exposé of the detrimental representation of (suspected) terrorists in the ?war against terror? discourse and the lack of regard for their human rights. (Less)
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author
Reed, Jessica
supervisor
organization
year
type
L2 - 2nd term paper (old degree order)
subject
keywords
?war against terror?, human rights, CDA, discourse analysis, terrorists, representations, Political and administrative sciences, Statsvetenskap, förvaltningskunskap
language
English
id
1330513
date added to LUP
2005-06-20 00:00:00
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2005-06-20 00:00:00
@misc{1330513,
  abstract     = {Terrorism has for centuries been used as a leverage to attain political, social and economic goals. It is no new phenomena, but since the September 11th attacks of 2001 the American And British governments have instigated a new global ?war? against terrorism. The ?war against terror? discourse that the British and American governments seek to uphold provides a smokescreen from behind which the UK and the US have been able to pursue foreign policies that violate human rights, especially those of (suspected) terrorists. By creating a climate of fear of terrorism and portraying terrorists as inhuman, these governments are able to continue an illegitimate ?war? largely unquestioned. The following research paper is an exposé of the detrimental representation of (suspected) terrorists in the ?war against terror? discourse and the lack of regard for their human rights.},
  author       = {Reed, Jessica},
  keyword      = {?war against terror?,human rights,CDA,discourse analysis,terrorists,representations,Political and administrative sciences,Statsvetenskap, förvaltningskunskap},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Do Terrorists have Human Rights too? A Critical Analysis of the Representation of (Suspected) Terrorists in the "War against Terror" Discourse in the UK and US},
  year         = {2005},
}