‘How do the American people know..?’: embodying post-9/11 conspiracy discourse

Laura Jones

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Abstract

Conspiratorial thought has been highly visible in post-September 11th America, manifest through the continued growth of a public ‘9/11 Truth Movement’ as well as at the state-level, through the Bush administration’s conspiracy rhetoric of Islamic terrorists intent on infiltrating the US homeland. In this paper, I demonstrate how conspiracy can be understood as a ‘knowledge-producing discourse’; dialectically engaged across multiple subject positions and through which geopolitical narratives are performatively produced and contested at interconnected scales of bodies, homes, city streets and national ‘homelands’. Through drawing on, and challenging, the conceptual and methodological approaches of a burgeoning feminist geopolitics, I ground my analysis in the embodied performances of ‘patriotic dissent’ by members of the 9/11 Truth
Movement in New York City, as well as through my own situated and ethical engagement with positions of political difference.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)359-371
Number of pages13
JournalGeoJournal
Volume75
Issue number4
Early online date17 Jan 2009
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01 Aug 2010

Keywords

  • conspiracy theory
  • 9/11
  • discourse
  • feminist geopolitics
  • embodiment

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