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The BBC, The 'War on Terror' and the Discursive Construction of Terrorism : Representing al-Qaeda

Author: Jared Ahmad
Publisher: Cham, Switzerland : Springer Science and Business Media : Palgrave Macmillan, 2018.
Series: New security challenges series.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Jared Ahmad
ISBN: 9783319766089 3319766082
OCLC Number: 1032375089
Description: 1 online resource (vii, 226 pages) : illustration.
Contents: Intro; Acknowledgements; Contents --
Chapter 1: Introduction: The BBC, The 'War on Terror' and 'Al-Qaeda'; What Is 'Al-Qaeda'?; Why Study the BBC's 'News at Ten' Representations?; Summary of Chapters; Conclusion --
Chapter 2: Understanding Al-Qaeda as a Discursive Phenomenon; Introduction; The News Media, Terrorism and Islam; News Media Representations of 'Al-Qaeda'; Conceptual and Analytical Framework; Analysing the BBC's Visual and Verbal Content: Discourse, Representation and Subject Positioning Analysing the Political Functions and Consequences of the BBC's Representations: Dispositifs and Truth Regimes; Critically Analysing Multimodal Representations of 'Al-Qaeda': A Detailed Methodology; Case Selection and News Genre; Additional Research Strategies; Conclusion --
Chapter 3: The September 11th 2001 Attacks; Background to the September 11th 2001 Attacks; Overview of the BBC's 'News at Ten' Coverage; The 'Islamic' Mode of Representation; The 'Personalised' Mode of Representation; The 'Elusive' Mode of Representation; Conclusion --
Chapter 4: The January 5th 2003 Wood Green Ricin Plot Background to the Wood Green Ricin Plot; Overview of the BBC's 'News at Ten' Coverage; Serving the Same Interests?; Constructing an 'Elusive' Enemy; Conclusion --
Chapter 5: The July 7th 2005 Transport Bombings; Background to the July 7th 2005 Attacks; Overview of the BBC's 'News at Ten' Coverage; Shifting Regimes of 'Truth' and Representation; The 'Islamic' Mode of Representation; The 'Elusive' Mode of Representation; Conclusion --
Chapter 6: The May 2nd 2011 Killing of Osama bin Laden; Background to the Killing of Osama bin Laden; Overview of the BBC's 'News at Ten' Coverage The 'Personalised' Mode of Representation; The 'Islamic' Mode of Representation; The 'Elusive' Mode of Representation; Conclusion --
Chapter 7: Conclusion: A Shifting Enemy; Key Findings-The Representational Dimension; Key Findings-The Political Dimension; Key Findings-The Social and Cultural Dimension; Reflecting on the BBC's Performance During the 'War on Terror'; Limitations of the Book and Future Research; Bibliography; Index
Series Title: New security challenges series.
Responsibility: Jared Ahmad.

Abstract:

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'. Jared Ahmad is a lecturer in Journalism, Politics and Communication at the University of Sheffield, UK.--

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