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A discourse analysis of the United States Senate debate on the question of war with Iraq: Pearlfishing for Elshtain's chastened patriot in contemporary public discourse
This study explored the extent to which contemporary public discourses, as instantiated by the January, 1991 United States Senate debates on the question of war with Iraq, show evidence of what Jean Bethke Elshtain refers to as chastened patriotism: a new politics unencumbered by traditional war and peace discourse and its totalizing aspects. Discourse analyses revealed many examples of chastened patriotism constructions in the texts of these debates, embedded in a range of discursive formations. The analyses revealed, also, that the structure of the debates had no determining influence on displays of such constructions. As a whole, the study presented that Elshtain's chastened patriotism vocabulary is accessible to pragmatic appropriation, and is sufficiently rich of ethical content and political possibility as to lend to the making of a less dangerous and deadly world.
Johnson, Deborah Kay, "A discourse analysis of the United States Senate debate on the question of war with Iraq: Pearlfishing for Elshtain's chastened patriot in contemporary public discourse" (1994). Doctoral Dissertations Available from Proquest. AAI9434494.