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America: one nation under God or a nation under psychotherapy: a study of Bush's and Gore's political rhetoric during the year 2000 presidential election
2001 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This essay is a study of the prevalence of religious and therapeutic discourses in contemporary American political rhetoric. Linguistics cannot be separated from culture and values, since these are embedded in languages. This study reveals that George Bush, Jr. and Al Gore used religious and therapeutic discourses in their year 2000 presidential campaigns. Dana Cloud’s theory that the therapeutic discourse has become dominant could not be confirmed by this study, but Bush and Gore seemed to use religious discourse more strategically than the therapeutic. The use of discourses in political rhetoric inhibits critique since politicians use values and interpretations of the reality that the electorate has internalized. A greater awareness of the discourses used in political rhetoric is necessary both intra-culturally, as well as inter-culturally. It is important to realize that understanding a language also requires some knowledge of the culture, especially when it comes to arenas such as politics.

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Keyword [en]
Social Behaviour Law, Discourse, rhetoric, religious, therapeutic
Keyword [sv]
Samhälls-, beteendevetenskap, juridik
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-47251ISRN: LTU-CUPP--01/58--SELocal ID: 4d0ae2e8-4762-43e4-bf1c-010a5ff0e444OAI: diva2:1020571
Subject / course
Student thesis, at least 15 credits
Educational program
English, bachelor's level
Validerat; 20101217 (root)Available from: 2016-10-04 Created: 2016-10-04Bibliographically approved

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