Security in the name of human rights: the discursive legitimation strategies of the war on terror in France

Bogain, Ariane (2017) Security in the name of human rights: the discursive legitimation strategies of the war on terror in France. Critical Studies on Terrorism. ISSN 1753-9153 (In Press)

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/17539153.2017.1311093

Abstract

This article aims to question the discourse on “the war on terror” developed by the French President in the wake of the two terrorist attacks that occurred in France in 2015. Drawing from critical discourse analysis, it explores the discursive legitimation strategies deployed by President Hollande to legitimate France’s securitarian response to the two attacks. It reveals how the defence of human rights served as an overall justificatory framework, through rationalisation, appeals to authority, and moralisation. It argues that Hollande implemented a discursive manipulation of reality to shield his actions from criticisms of illiberalism, all the while reframing the notion of human rights, undermining it and paving the way for an authoritarian-driven executive.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Discourse analysis, terrorism, France and terrorism, discursive legitimation strategies, rhetoric, security discourse
Subjects: L200 Politics
L300 Sociology
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > School of Arts and Social Sciences > Social Sciences & Languages
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 28 Apr 2017 10:28
Last Modified: 09 May 2017 12:43
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/30542

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