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Title: Metaphors Matter: The Ideological Functions of the Kosovo–Holocaust Analogy
Authors: Akrivoulis, Dimitrios E.
Type: Article
Subjects: FRASCATI::Social sciences::Political science::International relations
Keywords: Holocaust Analogy
Social Imaginary
Paul Ricoeur
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Source: Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies
Volume: 17
Issue: 2
First Page: 222
Last Page: 242
Abstract: The Kosovo–Holocaust analogy is normally examined either as a rhetorical tool of deception and propaganda, or as an argumentative device employed to serve diverse purposes with often conflicting meanings. Political objections are thus normally limited to disclosing the distortions that served the national interests of the intervener. Following Paul Ricoeur, the paper moves beyond mere distortion to the ideological functions (social integration, legitimization and distortion) of a wider social imaginary, a Holocaust metanarrative for understanding the war, evaluating the facts and ethically assessing the proper US response. Findings are based on exhaustive research into (a) public remarks and statements made by Secretary Albright and leading figures of the Department of State (1997–2001), (b) the Congressional Record during the Clinton and G. W. Bush's administrations, and (c) the public papers of the US Presidents during the same period (1993–2009).
ISSN: 1944-8953
Other Identifiers: 10.1080/19448953.2014.993260
Appears in Collections:Department of Balkan, Slavic & Oriental Studies

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