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Att befria det irakiska folket med legitimitet i det universella
2006 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor)Student thesis
Abstract [en]

This paper contains a discourse analysis of leaflets dropped in Iraq by Coalition forces in the Iraqi conflict during 2003-2004. The leaflets are all part of psychological operations carried out in order to break the Iraqi fighting spirit and to turn the Iraqi people against the Saddam Hussein regime. The main basis of this paper is taken in the fact that the leaflets are linguistically constituted. By using language as a “weapon” in purpose to affect the outcome of the conflict on the battlefield seems to indicate that the linguistic power and capability of making social changes are taken seriously. The purpose of this paper is to examine what kind of discourses that appears on the leaflets to understand what the Coalition is taking for granted in the conflict. The overall purpose is divided into two parts of which the first is focusing on the social aspects and the second part on the human aspects of the conflict. The social aspects are all about finding out what kind of discourses that appears on the leaflets concerning matters such as the political, the military and the economical. The human aspects are subordinated the social discourses that appears in the material and examines how the discourses divide people into separate fractions and what kind of characteristics they are given. These discursive fractions and characteristics are essential for the development of the human identity according to the discourse theory. The theoretical and methodological framework for this paper is the discourse analysis such as it’s described by Laclau and Mouffe. The ontological heritage for this paper is thereby developed from a social constructionistic point of view. In my analysis I found two major discourses that appears on the leaflets; “the benefactor discourse” and “the military discourse”. The conclusions I withdraw from these discourses is that they seem to be developed from the assumptions of the universality of values in the western democracies. Furthermore does the Coalition seem to make the assumption that the Iraqies as individuals act from a rational orientation of individual ends (In the Weberian meaning) and thereby operate in the same way as individuals do from the western parts of the world. The human aspects of the discourses are organised around the stereotypical dichotomy we and them which gives the individuals the framework in which they live and act out their lives.

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2006. , 55 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-58930Local ID: SOC C-22OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-58930DiVA: diva2:1123639
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Sociology
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