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Dialectics between Formal Political Culture & Civic Culture through Internet: An Analysis of the US State‘s War Discourse and the US Anti-War Activism from February 2009 to June 2011

Naeimi, Mitra LU (2011) SIMT05 20111
Master of Science in Global Studies
Graduate School
Department of Communication and Media
Abstract
Research Aim and Questions: The research aims at addressing the question of dialectics between formal political culture and civic culture through internet as a new media with a concentration on the US government’s war discourse and the US anti-war activism. The main research question is: what are the dialectics between the US anti-war activism and the US state from February 2009 (Barack Obama’s inauguration day on 20 January 2009) to end of June 2011 —a period of global communication era when the Afghanistan War continued? This research also is an attempt to contribute to the multidisciplinary field of political communication and to offer a theoretical framework that can be used to explain if civic culture is as much constitutive as... (More)
Research Aim and Questions: The research aims at addressing the question of dialectics between formal political culture and civic culture through internet as a new media with a concentration on the US government’s war discourse and the US anti-war activism. The main research question is: what are the dialectics between the US anti-war activism and the US state from February 2009 (Barack Obama’s inauguration day on 20 January 2009) to end of June 2011 —a period of global communication era when the Afghanistan War continued? This research also is an attempt to contribute to the multidisciplinary field of political communication and to offer a theoretical framework that can be used to explain if civic culture is as much constitutive as political culture or not.

Method and procedure: I have a discursive approach to both formal political culture and civic culture. In this regard, I will develop a synthesized theoretical framework consisted of Peter Dahlgren’s civic culture model, Norman’s Fairclough’s critical discourse theory and Laclau and Mouffe’s discourse theory. The methodology and theoretical framework are interrelated and the analysis will be based on operationalization of theoretical framework. In order to narrow down the research scale commitments, I will analyze the White House website and websites of three anti-war activist campaigns; ANSWER, March Forward!, and Peaceful Tomorrows.

Results and conclusions: I realized that the US State and the anti-war activists socially, discursively and textually have dialectics with each other. However, in comparison to the US state’s war discourse; the US anti-war activist discourse does not have any specific “nodal point” such as peace. Thus, although internet has facilitated the connection between civic culture and formal political culture in the US, the US anti-war discourse did not succeed in replying to the US state’s war discourse. (Less)
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Naeimi, Mitra LU
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SIMT05 20111
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H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
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dialectics, formal political culture, civic culture, theoretical synthesis, war discourse, anti-war activism, internet, the US.
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English
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2150514
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2011-09-06 09:17:34
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  abstract     = {Research Aim and Questions: The research aims at addressing the question of dialectics between formal political culture and civic culture through internet as a new media with a concentration on the US government’s war discourse and the US anti-war activism. The main research question is: what are the dialectics between the US anti-war activism and the US state from February 2009 (Barack Obama’s inauguration day on 20 January 2009) to end of June 2011 —a period of global communication era when the Afghanistan War continued? This research also is an attempt to contribute to the multidisciplinary field of political communication and to offer a theoretical framework that can be used to explain if civic culture is as much constitutive as political culture or not.

Method and procedure: I have a discursive approach to both formal political culture and civic culture. In this regard, I will develop a synthesized theoretical framework consisted of Peter Dahlgren’s civic culture model, Norman’s Fairclough’s critical discourse theory and Laclau and Mouffe’s discourse theory. The methodology and theoretical framework are interrelated and the analysis will be based on operationalization of theoretical framework. In order to narrow down the research scale commitments, I will analyze the White House website and websites of three anti-war activist campaigns; ANSWER, March Forward!, and Peaceful Tomorrows.

Results and conclusions: I realized that the US State and the anti-war activists socially, discursively and textually have dialectics with each other. However, in comparison to the US state’s war discourse; the US anti-war activist discourse does not have any specific “nodal point” such as peace. Thus, although internet has facilitated the connection between civic culture and formal political culture in the US, the US anti-war discourse did not succeed in replying to the US state’s war discourse.},
  author       = {Naeimi, Mitra},
  keyword      = {dialectics,formal political culture,civic culture,theoretical synthesis,war discourse,anti-war activism,internet,the US.},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Dialectics between Formal Political Culture & Civic Culture through Internet: An Analysis of the US State‘s War Discourse and the US Anti-War Activism from February 2009 to June 2011},
  year         = {2011},
}