Torture porn's crowning achievements, as identified by Gregory A. Burris (2010), are the Saw and Hostel series. He argues that the Saw series represents a puritanical mind-set running amok, while the Hostel movies reflect a culture struggling to come to terms with the horrors of Abu Ghraib. This article challenges this position. It identifies thematic patterns within the Saw and Hostel films to demonstrate how the images of violence on display throughout both series tend to reinforce, rather than subvert, the popularly held belief that the Abu Ghraib scandal represented mere abuse, as opposed to torture. The article shows how these films trivialize and rationalize torture and the roles that sex and gender play in this process.
This article explores representations emergent in discourse about service learning in an effort to understand what gives the notion special value. A job presentation of a candidate for dean of faculty, articles published in a college newspaper, descriptions posted on a college website and commentary offered in an interview with a student demonstrate that representations of service learning are salient in multiple contexts and presuppose the potential to transform the lives of everyone involved. This article identifies one of the discursive constructs making transformation possible – even inevitable – in reflections on service learning, and uses the construct to explore how it shapes a single instance of service learning's failure.
One of the most important developments in the incipient Berlin Republic's memory regime has been the return of the memory of German suffering from the end and aftermath of World War II. Elite discourses about the bombing of German cities, the mass rape of German women by members of the Red Army, and, above all, the expulsion of Germans from then-Eastern Germany and elsewhere in Central and Eastern Europe have gained massive visibility in the last decade. Although many voices have lauded these developments as liberating, many others within Germany and especially in Poland—from where the vast majority of Germans were expelled—have reacted with fear. Yet, do these elite voices resonate with mass publics? Have these arguments had demonstrable effects on public opinion? This paper delves into these questions by looking at survey results from both countries. It finds that there has been a disjuncture between the criticisms of elites and average citizens, but that the barrage of elite criticisms leveled at German expellees and their initiatives now may be affecting mass attitudes in all cases.
struggle) contained in the surveyed texts. The battle is presented as proof that the War of Independence between the Indonesian youth militias and the British and Dutch forces had involved all segments of Indonesian society. Critical Discourse Analysis The
The Reclaiming of Girls’ Education Discourses in Malala Yousafzai’s Autobiography
static vulnerable girl in the rescue discourse Laura Bush used to rally support for the U.S. military invasion [of Afghanistan]” (2010: 680). Yousafzai’s story also resonates with powerful campaigns at the highest levels of international politics that
as happening in a cultural vacuum. Dominant discourses of globalization emphasize intensification of “spaces of flows” between physically disjointed positions held together by social actors in economic, political, and symbolic structures of society
Do we need to reoccupy student engagement policy?
engagement through a corpus-based Critical Discourse Analysis A corpus can be understood as a collection of naturally occurring language, in this case higher education policy texts that are freely available in the public domain. Corpus linguistics ( Baker
The Rhetoric of Dutch Immigrant Integration Policy in 2011
Dana Rem and Des Gasper
nuances of policy changed in the later coalition, main lines of the policy note were retained and converted into a policy implementation note in 2013 ( Rijksoverheid 2013 ). Using tools from discourse analysis, including analysis of the problem formulation
Girls Cultivating Disruption
Crystal Leigh Endsley
implements arts curricula designed specifically for girls. In this article, I focus on how a discourse analysis of SPW created by girls of color might illuminate their adolescent experiences in relation to these “identificatory possibilities.” Girls of color
Public Discourse in Interwar Yugoslavia on the Status of Women in Turkey (1923–1939)
presents a qualitative analysis of the discourse embedded in books and newspaper articles published in Yugoslavia between 1923 and 1939 and thematizes the position of Turkish women during the interwar years. I argue that the breadth of interest of the