Organizing Silence: A World of Possibilities / Edition 1

Organizing Silence: A World of Possibilities / Edition 1

by Robin Patric Clair
     
 

ISBN-10: 0791439429

ISBN-13: 9780791439425

Pub. Date: 11/28/1998

Publisher: State University of New York Press

A thought-provoking look at how silence is embedded in our language, society, and institutions. Sexual harassment is explored as an example.

Organizing Silence is a thought-provoking look at how silence is embedded in our language, society, and institutions. It provides an overview of the varied philosophical approaches to understanding the role of silence

Overview

A thought-provoking look at how silence is embedded in our language, society, and institutions. Sexual harassment is explored as an example.

Organizing Silence is a thought-provoking look at how silence is embedded in our language, society, and institutions. It provides an overview of the varied philosophical approaches to understanding the role of silence and communication. One particular view of silence/communication, as grounded in political and patriarchal frameworks, is given special attention. The author questions not only how dominant groups silence marginalized members of society, but also how marginalized groups privilege and abandon each other. Sexual harassment is given as an example of material and discursive practices that articulate both a micro and macro level of silence, and accounts of both women and men who have been sexually harassed are provided. The book provides an alternative aesthetic perspective as a way of understanding the realities we create, encouraging alternative ways to listen to the silence, and presenting novel possibilities for future research.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791439425
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
11/28/1998
Series:
SUNY series in Communication Studies Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
259
Product dimensions:
5.86(w) x 8.93(h) x 0.61(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Part I

Chapter 1 The First Word Was Silence

Chapter 2 Silencing Communication

Chapter 3 Organizing Silence

Part II

Chapter 4 The Use of Framing Devices to Sequester Organizational Narratives: Hegemony and Harassment

Chapter 5 The Bureaucratization, Commodification, and Privatization of Sexual Harassment through Institutional Discourse: A Study of the "Big Ten" Universities

Chapter 6 Resistance and Oppression as a Self-Contained Opposite: An Organizational Communication Analysis of One Man's Story of Sexual Harassment

Part III

Chapter 7 When Silence Speaks: A Discussion of Self-Contained Opposites

Chapter 8 Artful Practices and the Aesthetic Perspective

Chapter 9 From Whispers to . . .

Notes

References

Appendices

Name Index

Subject Index

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