Croft (2007) Culture, Crisis and America's War on Terror


Depicting the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 as the product of a crusade against U.S. values and democracy, President George W. Bush and his supporters implemented a major shift in U.S. foreign policy. Known as the “war on terror”, this shift is grounded in a powerful discourse that justified a series of controversial policies, including the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq as well as the creation of the Department of Homeland Security and the enactment of the USA Patriot Act. In his book, British international relations professor Stuart Croft analyzes the development of the “war on terror” discourse in the aftermath of the attacks of September 11, 2001. More specifically, the book focuses on how U.S. media and popular culture participated in the construction, diffusion, and sometimes, critique of this powerful discourse. Consequently, this book analyzes not only political speeches but also editorial cartoons, movies, novels, TV series, popular songs, religious writings, and even tattoos. For Croft, these different cultural forms feature key discursive processes at the foundation of the “war on terror”. Covering the 2001-2005 period, the analysis is able to study of how such discourse changed over time.

Citation Stuart Croft (2007). Culture, Crisis and America's War on Terror. Canadian Journal of Sociology Online no. October, pp. 1–2. article

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BibTex entry for this article:

author = {Croft, Stuart},
isbn = {0521687330},
journal = {Canadian Journal of Sociology Online},
number = {October},
pages = {1--2},
title = {{Culture, Crisis and America's War on Terror}},
year = {2007}

Key ideas


9/11, War on Terror