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Brute Reality

Brute Reality

Power, Discourse and the Mediation of War

Stuart Price

A timely analysis of mass media representations of the 'War on Terror' that dismantles the myths and rhetoric used to consolidate western power.

Brute Reality provides an authoritative analysis of those formal attempts, made by prominent social actors, to present a rationale for the existence and exercise of coercive power. The 'War on Terror' and its associated campaigns are presented as an aggressive attempt to assert the contradictory interests of a trans-national elite.

The period chosen to illustrate the key characteristics of this enterprise, extends from the state of 'war' created after the September 11th attacks, to the strategic adjustments begun during the nadir of the Iraq adventure; it also includes reference to the modifications in policy carried out under the auspices of the Obama Presidency. The book provides a critical insight into a number of influential structures that have helped to shape contemporary attitudes to warfare, and contains a wealth of transcripts and media sources, from Channel Four's coverage of September 11th, to the rhetorical pronouncements of leading politicians.

Brute Reality represents a significant addition to the existing literature on representations of the 'War on Terror' in the mass media, and will have a strong appeal to keen students of media, communication, cultural and American studies.

Stuart Price is Principal Lecturer in Media, Film and Journalism, at De Montfort University, UK. He is the author of Brute Reality: Power, Discourse and the Mediation of War (Pluto, 2010) and Discourse Power Address (2007).

'An original, incisive and elegantly written analysis of contemporary warfare, rhetoric and power' - Karen Ross, Professor of Media and Public Communication, University of Liverpool

'Dismantles the myths of the war on terror and demonstrates how the rhetoric of terror provides a pretext for the consolidation of state security and the expansion of military power' - Stephen Morton, University of Southampton

List of Illustrations
Introduction: The Composition of the 'Terror War'
1. From The 'War On Terror' To 'Overseas Contingency Operations'
2. War, Terror And the Real
3. Media and the Reproduction Of Meaning
4. Surveillance, Authority and Linguistic Categories
5. Film, Bureaucracy and the Gendered Protagonist
6. Economic Transformation, Protest and the State
Conclusion: Democracy and the Terror War
Published by Pluto Press in Jan 2010
Paperback ISBN: 9780745320793

240 pages

135mm x 215mm