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Resecuring ‘the West’ through British and American newspaper framing of the 2018 U.S. withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal.

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posted on 2024-04-26, 07:22 authored by UMA MUTHIA
‘Western civilization’ is constituted through its representations of ‘non-Western’ Others. How, then, does the West secure itself in times of internal crisis? This thesis shows how news framing of the 2018 fallout from the Iran nuclear accord – as a moment of internal crisis – resecured Western identity linked to liberal values and global leadership. Analysing American and British newspapers, this study found that beyond pitting the West against Iran to secure a stable and superior identity, American President Donald Trump was also framed as a ‘rogue’ threat against the West. This framing re-naturalised the West, despite challenges to its very core.

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Principal supervisor

Stephanie Louise Brookes

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Bill Flanik

Year of Award

2024

Department, School or Centre

School of Media, Film and Journalism

Course

Doctor of Philosophy

Degree Type

DOCTORATE

Campus location

Australia

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Faculty of Arts

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