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The emergence of a security discipline in the post 9-11 discourse of U.S. security organisations.

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Title: The emergence of a security discipline in the post 9-11 discourse of U.S. security organisations.
Authors: Hunter, Duncan1 (AUTHOR), MacDonald, Malcolm N.2 (AUTHOR)
Source: Critical Discourse Studies. Apr2017, Vol. 14 Issue 2, p206-222. 17p.
Abstract: This paper explores two views of the changes that have occurred in the U.S. security services as a result of their post 9/11 reform. The first is Bigo’s suggestion that agencies worldwide have become enmeshed in shared activity so as to constitute a new ‘field of (in)security’. A second, novel perspective is that the security services have developed many of the characteristics of a discipline or ‘discursive formation’, constructing intelligence both as a form of expertly constituted knowledge and as the basis for a new type of professional, disciplinary power. The investigation combines corpus techniques with other discourse analysis procedures to examine a corpus of public-facing texts generated by the U.S. security agencies. The investigation aims to synthesise evidence consistent with both views of the security services’ recent historical change; that features of their discourse signal their emergence simultaneously as a new field and discursive formation. [ABSTRACT FROM PUBLISHER]
Subject Terms: National security, September 11 Terrorist Attacks, 2001, Disciplinary power
Geographic Terms: United States
Company/Entity: United States. Federal Bureau of Investigation , United States. Central Intelligence Agency
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ISSN: 17405904
DOI: 10.1080/17405904.2016.1268185
Database: Communication & Mass Media Complete
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