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Pizza in 30 Minutes, or How to Order a War: A Study of the Political Institution of Time
Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, USA.
1994 (English)In: Journal of American Culture, ISSN 0191-1813, Vol. 17, no 1, 5-10 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Analyzes the political rhetoric about time during the 1991 Gulf war with Iraq. In public speeches by President George Bush & members of Congress before, during, & after the war, timing was a central concern. Here, this politics of time is discussed in terms of Cornelius Castoriadis's theory of imaginary institutions, & it is concluded that rhetorical definitions of the shape of time allow great flexibility for controlling the debate over the identity & projects of the nation. The war created uncertainty about historical change, which was allayed by rhetorical symbols upholding national stability & continuity. The rhetorical control of time & national projects were ways to exclude contradictory experiences & voices, especially during wartime. However, when the war ended, the real contents of time could no longer be repressed, & presidential rhetoric of time failed to organize governmental projects on the home front.

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1994. Vol. 17, no 1, 5-10 p.
Keyword [en]
Political Factors, time/timing, political rhetoric, Bush administration, 1991 Gulf war context, Time, article, War, Bush Administration, Rhetoric, Middle East
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Other Social Sciences
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Political Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-201641DOI: 10.1111/j.1542-734X.1994.00005.xOAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-201641DiVA: diva2:628304
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