Language wars: the role of media and culture in global terror and political violence

Lewis, J 2005, Language wars: the role of media and culture in global terror and political violence, Pluto Press, London, UK.


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Title Language wars: the role of media and culture in global terror and political violence
Author(s) Lewis, J
Year 2005
Publisher Pluto Press
Place of publication London, UK
Subjects Cultural Studies not elsewhere classified
Summary Language Wars is a fascinating account of the relationship between the media, culture and new forms of global, political violence. Using an innovative approach, Jeff Lewis shows how language and the media are implicated in global terrorism and the US-led reprisals in the war on terror. Through an examination of the language of terrorism and war, Lewis illuminates key events in the current wave of political violence - the 9/11 attacks on New York and the Pentagon, the Beslan siege, the invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq, the Bali bombings and the ongoing occupation in the Middle East. He argues that the language used to report incidents of violence has changed, not just in official channels but in wider cultural contexts, and shows the impact this has on social perceptions. Lewis deconstructs these new discourses to reveal how Islam has been construed as the antagonist of freedom, democracy and the rule of law. Ideal for students of media studies and cultural studies, this is a subtle account of the relation between language and culture that exposes a dangerous new east-west divide in popular discourse.
Copyright notice © Jeff Lewis 2005
Keyword(s) mass media and language
mass media and culture
terrorism and mass media
violence in mass media
mass media and public opinion
ISBN 0745324843
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