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Title: Times of terror : discourse and the politics of temporality
Author: Jarvis, Lee
ISNI:       0000 0000 7887 6302
Awarding Body: The University of Birmingham
Current Institution: University of Birmingham
Date of Award: 2008
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My thesis provides a deconstructive reading of eight key narratives of temporality that emerged within the first fifteen months of the George W. Bush administration's ongoing `War on Terror'. Through a sustained empirical investigation into over five hundred documents produced by key representatives of the White House, Department of State, Department of Defense, Department of Justice, and Office/Department of Homeland Security, my research offers three contributions to existing knowledge. First, by charting and exploring the administration's framings of temporality, my thesis adds an additional layer of empirical depth and conceptual sophistication to existing critical discussions of this political discourse. Second, by tracing the politicodiscursive implications performed by the eight narratives I explore, my research demonstrates the productivity and power of temporality as a key structural and legitimatory resource within this `war'. And, third, by juxtaposing the three heterogeneous temporal shapes employed by the Bush administration against one another, my thesis provides an interventionary critique of this `war's' ostensibly objective, referential framing.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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