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MENDES, Cristiano Garcia. The speeches of Tony Blair: the concept of terrorism and the instabilities of its structures. Contexto int. [online]. 2010, vol.32, n.1, pp.179-204. ISSN 0102-8529. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-85292010000100006.
This study examines the discursive strategies related to the concept of terrorism used by former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, from Derrida's post-structuralist approach. The attacks of September 11th, 2001, upon the United States were taken as reference to analyse how the issue of terrorism moved from a peripheral position of the discursive agenda of the former Prime Minister to the center of their narratives after this date. At the same time that the reference to terrorism wins centrality, instabilities are also generated due to the increased use of the term. In the specific case of Tony Blair, the author of the discourses chooses to recognize these instabilities and try to relativise them from a contextualization and description of the specificities of the terrorist phenomenon.
Keywords : Terrorism; Tony Blair; IRA; Derrida.