ISSN:2146-4219

THE IRAQ WAR FROM BATTLEFIELD TO SILVER SCREEN: THE IDEOLOGICAL NARRATIVE OF HOLLYWOOD PRODUCTIONS


The first and largest scale war since the dawn of the 21st century was the Iraq War. Initiated by the attack of Iraq by the U.S.A. and U.K., the war has many descriptors stemming from ideological bias such as “Iraq Invasion”, “2nd Gulf War”, and “Operation Iraqi Freedom”. As with many wars historically, the Iraq War has become a subject for film narratives based on such ideological approaches. As a frequent subject in Hollywood productions, the fact that the U.S.A. is one party in this war increases the importance of analyzing these films. This study aims to portray the ideological rhetoric on the Iraq War by Hollywood productions. Using purposive sampling from the population of feature-length Hollywood productions, five films were selected for analysis. The films were then analyzed regarding four categories derived from the literature. These categories were “preventive/justified war”, “freedom and liberation”, “democratization”, and “security and peacekeeping”.


Keywords


Iraq War, Hollywood,

Author : Emin PAFTALI - Hakan AŞKAN
Number of pages: 257-283
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.22464/diyalektolog.296
Full text:
Diyalektolog - Ulusal Hakemli Sosyal Arastirmalar Dergisi
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