The construction of the international discourse of piracy

Nicoline Christensen

Studenteropgave: Speciale


In this report I will use chosen concepts from the critical discourse analysis of Fairclough on quotes from UN documents about piracy, with the point of defining the UN discourse of piracy and its development through time, from the first time they use the word piracy until now where the definition has changed to Somali piracy. The UN is representing numerous member states and has a certain focus according to the international threat of piracy. The agenda is developed around the focus points of security, safety and naval forces, which affect the development of the UN rhetoric and strategies to defeat piracy. Because the UN is an international organization, by researching their discourse, I research an international discourse. The UN constructs the rhetoric of piracy by the activities that they connect to pirates and are trying to create solidarity between the members within the UN, because the UN believes that it is an international threat that can only be defeated together.

UddannelserInternationale Udviklingsstudier, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) KandidatSocialvidenskab, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat
Udgivelsesdato3 jun. 2014
VejledereTobias Hagmann & Bjrøn Thomassen


  • Somalia Piracy
  • piracy
  • UN
  • Discourse analysis