I demokratins namn - En diskursanalys av USA
: s krig mot terrorismen

  • Jonas Schrewelius

    Examensarbete: Kandidatexamen


    How the United States anti-terrorist strategy is affecting the view of democracy is the main analysis of this paper. The mechanisms that affect the idea of democracy have been studied on the basis of the philosopher Michael Foucault’s thoughts and the main direction in French discourse analysis.

    The study is restricted to the period between the 11th of September 2001 and today. Information has been collected entirely from the White House’s website http://www.whitehouse.gov, including speeches, conferences and reports. These were analysed in three important aspects of Foucault’s philosophy: terms of existence, control, and knowledge.

    Based on Foucault’s theories of self-discipline and exclusion mechanisms, the result of the empirical survey shows an increasing unidirectional view on democracy, and the weakening of some important concepts as a consequence, such as the concept of democracy itself.


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