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Znovu k 11. 9. 2001: Jak se „dělá historie“ v politickém diskurzu
9/11 Revisited: ‘Doing history’ in political discourse

Author(s): Ivan Leudar, Jiří Nekvapil
Subject(s): Social Sciences
Published by: Sociologický ústav AV ČR, v.v.i.
Keywords: political discourse; historicity; use of history; practical historian; ethnomethodology; reanalysis of discourse; 9/11; Bush; Blair; bin Laden

Summary/Abstract: Drawing on ethnomethodology, this article addresses what participants do as ‘practical historians’ – how they use and produce history in and through their activities. Specifi cally, it studies how historical contingencies are built into antagonistic political talk and to what effect. To that end, the authors revisit three of their own papers, all of which analysed how the 9/11 attacks in the United States were represented. The authors reanalyse the texts focusing on how the protagonists in the confl ict (Bush, Blair and bin Laden) ‘did history’. The analysis reveals two related methods of ‘practicing history’: one is to situate contemporary events relative to historical antecedents and so provide them with history-contingent meanings; the other is to constrain the historical understanding of the events in future.

  • Issue Year: 46/2010
  • Issue No: 04
  • Page Range: 619-642
  • Page Count: 24
  • Language: Czech