Discourse and Silencing: Representation and the Language of Displacement

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Silencing is not only a physically coercive act. It is also an act of language involving forms of selection, representation and compliance. Discourse and Silencing weaves together theories and examples of discourse from different disciplines in order to put forward a theory of silencing in language: that discursive systems filter, represent and displace types of knowledge into other forms of expression.
Each chapter of the book analyses examples of silencing through discourse in...
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Overview

Silencing is not only a physically coercive act. It is also an act of language involving forms of selection, representation and compliance. Discourse and Silencing weaves together theories and examples of discourse from different disciplines in order to put forward a theory of silencing in language: that discursive systems filter, represent and displace types of knowledge into other forms of expression.
Each chapter of the book analyses examples of silencing through discourse in various social and political fields. The examples cover courtroom trials, government censorship, domestic violence, marital conversations, penal institutions, news media, and political rhetoric. They cover societies ranging from Eastern and Central Europe, Canada and the U.S. to New Zealand and Japan. The contributors clarify the difference between chosen silences and the silencing that, as a practice, seeks to limit, alter or de-legitimise another’s discourse. The book also examines the continuous resistances and shifts in discourse and silencing within the social and political frameworks in which interlocutors negotiate their relations to each other.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Ch. 1 Introduction: Silencing in discourse 1
I Gender and the discourses of privacy
Introduction 37
Ch. 2 Silencing talk of men's violence towards women 43
Ch. 3 Conversational styles and ellipsis in Japanese couples' conversations 79
II Law and institutional discourses
Introduction 113
Ch. 4 Quiet in the court: Attorneys' silencing strategies during courtroom cross-examination 119
Ch. 5 Telling bits: Silencing and the narratives behind prison walls 139
III National politics and the discourses of exclusion
Introduction 173
Ch. 6 Discourses of silence: Anti-Semitic discourse in post-war Austria 179
Ch. 7 Silencing by law: The 1981 Polish 'performances and publications control act' 221
Ch. 8 News discourse of Aboriginal resistance in Canada 233
IV Coda: Performance discourse and meta-commentaries on silencing
Introduction 275
Ch. 9 Political silencing: A view from Laurie Anderson's performance art 279
Notes on contributors 297
Name index 299
Subject index 305
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