The purpose of writing this report was to find out how Irans Ayatollah Ali Khamenei articulates the USA. We have applied the conceptual framework of the poststructural theorists Ernesto Laclau and Chantal Mouffe to this report in order to answer our question. Through a discourse analysis of an address which Khamenei gave to the Iranian nation after George Bush's ”axis of evil”-speech in 2002, we have found that the Ayatollah, by creating a concept of the USA as a common enemy, tries to unify the nation against what he considers to be an oppressive superpower. A great deal of emphasis has been put on the opposition to the USA, as this plays a big role in the constitution and gathering of the Iranian people. At the same time the speech creates a distinction between two political groups in Iran, those being the conservatives and the reformists.
|Uddannelser||Basis - Humanistisk Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis|
|Udgivelsesdato||20 jan. 2011|
- George W. Bush
- Axis of Evil