Organizing Silence: A World of Possibilities / Edition 1by Robin Patric Clair
Pub. Date: 11/28/1998
Publisher: State University of New York Press
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/i>
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.
Table of ContentsAcknowledgments
Chapter 1 The First Word Was Silence
Chapter 2 Silencing Communication
Chapter 3 Organizing Silence
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
Chapter 7 When Silence Speaks: A Discussion of Self-Contained Opposites
Chapter 8 Artful Practices and the Aesthetic Perspective
Chapter 9 From Whispers to . . .
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