The use of propaganda by actors in the war in Iraq

Heresh Halmat Faraidon, Nicholas Emiliano Robles, Ailish Kathryn O'Donoghue, Janice Berneman & Tanjin Jahan

Studenteropgave: Kandidatprojekt


This literature review examines literature in an age of post-truth politics and combative global politics which was potentially swayed by the media. The literature deals with how propaganda was used by actors in the war in Iraq, namely the US and UK governments and the media. The majority of literature examined emanates from the fields of communication and journalism, with some contributions from the fields of political science, sociology and security studies. This review finds that the theoretical approaches used are generally limited to communications theories and the methodological approaches reflect this as many focus on measuring public opinion and examining media coverage. The authors rarely go beyond these approaches, with just a few utilizing theories such as constructivism and constructionism and even fewer taking realist and liberal approaches. In addition, there is a still a lack of focus on what propaganda itself means, making it difficult to frame the research. This, combined with a lack of examination of perspectives from outside the US and UK means there are a number of research gaps which should be addressed in the future. Propaganda is shown through rhetoric and visual discourse; it is what we hear and see that influences us greatly.

UddannelserGlobal Studies, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat
Udgivelsesdato28 maj 2017
Antal sider34
VejledereLaust Schouenborg