Dec, 2022
Charting a New (Dis)course: Definitions, Metaphors, and Identity in Polarization and Politics
Naval Postgraduate School (U.S.); Naval Postgraduate School (U.S.). Center for Homeland Defense and Security
Greenstein, David A.
From the thesis: "The United States is more politically divided than any other wealthy democracy in modern history. This thesis examines the role of discourse in the polarization process and suggests a way to change course. Using a social constructionist approach and an analytical framework focusing on definitions, metaphors, and identity, it analyzes the discourse of the Civil War and 9/11 to understand how these elements influence the understanding and outcomes of sociocultural events. It then examines the current political landscape, including the events at the Capitol on January 6, 2021, through the same discursive lens. This thesis finds that today's political discourse is strikingly similar to that of the Civil War and 9/11, pitting the 'true heirs' of the nation against an evil 'other' using the same rhetorical devices. This similarity suggests that the language of division is consistent, and that the framework is broadly applicable. Given the catastrophic outcomes of the Civil War and 9/11 and the subsequent Global War on Terror (GWOT), the nation must take steps to change its discourse. This thesis concludes by providing recommendations that take advantage of the transformative potential of the framework's components, which include pragmatic definitions, generative metaphors, and complex identities."
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  • Author
    Greenstein, David A.
  • Publishers
    Naval Postgraduate School (U.S.)
    Naval Postgraduate School (U.S.). Center for Homeland Defense and Security
  • Date
    Dec, 2022
  • Copyright
    Public Domain
  • Retrieved From
    Naval Postgraduate School, Dudley Knox Library:
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  • Source
    Cohort NCR2103/2104
  • Subjects
    Language and languages
    Discourse analysis
    Capitol Riot (Washington, D.C. : 2021)
    Metaphor--Social aspects
    Identity (Psychology)
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    Thesis (CHDS)
    Thesis (NPS)

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