The US media, Huntington and September 11

Author(s): Abrahamian, Ervand

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Abstract The mainstream quality media in the USA - unlike that of Europe - framed September 11 within the context of Islam, culture and civilisations. In other words, it explained the crisis by resorting to Samuel Huntington's 'Clash of civilizations'. This article has three aims: to illustrate how the media did so; to answer the question why it did so; and to explore the implications of doing so both for the general public and for the academic community. The article argues that the main attraction of the Huntington paradigm is its attempt to analyse international relations without discussing actual politics - especially the issue of Palestine in particular and of Arab nationalism in general. (Original abstract)
Publication Title Third World Quarterly
Publisher Taylor & Francis Group
Publication Date 06/2003
URIs http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/0143659032000084456
http://www.jstor.org/stable/3993384
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Keywords Arab countries
Civilization
Cultural Conflict
Culture
Culture conflict
Development studies
Discourse
East and West
Evaluation
Extremism
Huntington, Samuel
International Relations
International relations
Islam
Islam and mass media
Mass Media Effects
Mass Media Images
Mass media
Mass media/United States
Media
Nationalism
PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT
Palestinian Autonomous Territories
Pentagon terrorist attack, 2001
Political Science
Religion
Reporting
Terrorism
U.S.A
World Trade Center
World Trade Center terrorist attack, 2001
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