To successfully cast an issue as an extraordinary threat requiring a suspension of normal political functions is to “securitize” it (e.g., Buzan et al., 1998). This content analysis uses portrayals of the “war on terror” in three US newspapers from 2001 to 2006 to show how a securitization frame can be invoked or contested and how it changes across time. Results suggest the importance to political figures of being able to invoke security, not only on matters of political violence but on such other issues as immigration or public health.
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