Fear appeals in political rhetoric about terrorism: an analysis of speeches by Australian Prime Minister Howard
This paper explores fear-arousing content in Australian former Prime Minister JohnHoward’s political rhetoric about terrorism. We coded 27 speeches delivered betweenSeptember 2001 and November 2007 for the presence of statements promoting fear-consistent appraisals (Smith & Lazarus, 1993). Fear-arousing content was present in 24 ofthese speeches, but the amount of fear-arousing content varied markedly. In particular,rhetoric that raised doubts about the capacity of Australia and its allies to...[Show more]
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