Constructions of self and Other: British state identity in UK media representations of the 2011 Libyan Civil War

Jester, Natalie ORCID: 0000-0002-7995-3028 (2020) Constructions of self and Other: British state identity in UK media representations of the 2011 Libyan Civil War. In: International Studies Association Northeast conference, 5-7th November 2020, Baltimore [moved online]. (Unpublished)

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In this paper I examine British state identity within media reporting on the 2011 Libyan civil war. This paper is based upon a wider project that focuses upon a range of emerging themes in greater detail; this paper focuses upon the theme of “weapons”, and the various subject positions present within reporting on this subject. I find that the British state is represented firstly as militarily strong and secondly as able to learn from past mistakes (in this case the decision to go to war in Iraq in 2003 with inadequate intelligence). In contrast, Gaddafi is constructed as a highly irrational man, who may use any weapons at his disposal, and the Libyan state is seen to act outside of international norms. Interestingly, some news reporting portrays Libya as too under-developed to produce weapons of any serious kind. Thus, whilst Libya was seen as likely to have weapons that may pose something as a threat to Britain, the construction of British state identity as militarily strong but able to learn from past mistakes made it harder to countenance full military intervention.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: This conference paper was also submitted to the Conflict and Peace Conference held on the 26th of June 2022 at The Archbishop Desmond Tutu Centre for War and Peace Studies (Liverpool Hope University).
Subjects: J Political Science > JZ International relations
Research Priority Areas: Culture, Continuity, and Transformation
Depositing User: Nat Jester
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2021 12:14
Last Modified: 28 Nov 2022 15:54

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