Language, Policy and the Construction of a Torture Culture in the War on Terrorism

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dc.contributor.author Jackson, Richard
dc.date.accessioned 2008-11-06T12:52:46Z
dc.date.available 2008-11-06T12:52:46Z
dc.date.issued 2007-07
dc.identifier.citation Jackson , R 2007 , ' Language, Policy and the Construction of a Torture Culture in the War on Terrorism ' Review of International Studies , vol 33 , no. 3 , pp. 353-371 . en
dc.identifier.issn 0260-2105
dc.identifier.other PURE: 81603
dc.identifier.other dspace: 2160/857
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2160/857
dc.description Jackson, R. (2007). Language, Policy and the Construction of a Torture Culture in the War on Terrorism. Review of International Studies. 33(3), pp.353-371 RAE2008 en
dc.description.abstract Torture has been widely practiced by US forces as an officially-sanctioned information gathering strategy in the war on terrorism. At the same time, public attitudes have exhibited a growing tolerance towards the torture of terrorist suspects. This article examines the role of elite political discourse in constructing and sustaining the conditions necessary for the acceptance and normalisation of torture. It argues that a focus on elite discourse is crucial for understanding how torture comes to be practised because discourses set the logic and parameters of policy formulation and create the wider social legitimacy that is required to enact policy, thereby facilitating the construction of a broader torture-sustaining reality. The study’s findings highlight the role of ideational factors in policy analysis and have important normative implications. en
dc.format.extent 19 en
dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartof Review of International Studies en
dc.title Language, Policy and the Construction of a Torture Culture in the War on Terrorism en
dc.type Text en
dc.type.publicationtype Article (Journal) en
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0260210507007553
dc.contributor.institution Aberystwyth University en
dc.contributor.institution Department of International Politics en
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en


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