if not, winter (crashing_buses) wrote in the_literati,
if not, winter

hey i just joined this community, once it really gets off it' s feet it will be killer, i've been dying to find a good forum to discuss the kind of topics listed. i havent really got anything concrete to post, im in the middle of working on a paper on the marginalisation of palestinian militants in the western media in terms of the construction of racial binaries and the way that these binaries are manifested in political rhetoric, the characterization of the attackers as "madmen" (or similar terms such as fanatics, zealots, lunatics), a discourse that locates the attackers' motivations in "excessive" religious belief, a faith so fervent that it makes individuals "irrational." Essentially, this analysis shifts the attackers into the realm of the insane and therefore outside of society itself: they are "barbarians" (Bush) with whom you can't reason, and thus "civilized" peoples (Powell) must oppose them. its very rare to see a valid analysis about political motivations, if we call the attackers madmen, it makes it easier to ignore or dismiss any cultural or political motivations they might have. anyway, i will post more as i progress.........hello everyone!
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Very interesting. Are you looking at the use of liberalist discourse in constructing the racial other? I'm thinking that the long colonial history of the usage of these terms (civilized, rational, irrational, etc) is useful in teasing out how it's being deployed now in this context. I am thinking specifically of the work of Uday Singh Mehta as well as Dipesh Chakrabarty--both talk about the use of such concepts in constructing political modernity, and how there is a "waiting room" of history constructed for those deemed "not yet" able to rule themselves. Might be useful for you.
That sounds truly intriguing. I look forward to seeing more of it.