Human rights and ideology in foreign policy discourse : A case study of US State Department Human Rights Country Reports 2000-2019

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Kuosmanen , S 2021 , ' Human rights and ideology in foreign policy discourse : A case study of US State Department Human Rights Country Reports 2000-2019 ' , Discourse & Society , vol. 32 , no. 4 , 0957926521992146 , pp. 426–442 . https://doi.org/10.1177/0957926521992146

Title: Human rights and ideology in foreign policy discourse : A case study of US State Department Human Rights Country Reports 2000-2019
Author: Kuosmanen, Sonja
Contributor organization: Department of Languages
Date: 2021
Language: eng
Number of pages: 17
Belongs to series: Discourse & Society
ISSN: 0957-9265
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/0957926521992146
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/332192
Abstract: The promotion of human rights has faced challenges in recent years in the United States and elsewhere. In this study, human rights discourses are examined in the context of strategic foreign policy rhetoric by the United States. The routine of foreign policy statements is meant to create audiences receptive to U.S. foreign policy aims, but also reveals underlying ideologies and assumptions. The analysis examines U.S. State Department Human Rights Country Reports between 2000 and 2019. The results show that the assumed ideal model of human rights is heavily based on U.S. political tradition. The performance of other countries is evaluated against the 'exceptionalist' U.S. model without consideration of different cultural or societal contexts. Linguistic choices are made to highlight the agency of authorities and events, which can be seen as a strategy of diplomatic face-saving. In some cases, countries are evaluated on an unequal basis based on political expediency.
Subject: Discourse analysis
diplomacy
foreign policy
human rights
ideology
political discourse
United States
5172 Global Politics
6121 Languages
Peer reviewed: Yes
Rights: cc_by
Usage restriction: openAccess
Self-archived version: publishedVersion


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