Perspectives On Silence

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Overview

This book focuses attention on a relatively neglected component of communication-silence-in order to present current research from a number of disciplines and also to stimulate further research on the subject. Silence is often viewed as an out-of-awareness phenomenon against which talk is perceived. By reversing polarities and treating silence as a figure to be examined against talk, we are given a heightened awareness of the universal aspects of human behavior while emphasizing its complex nature as a cultural phenomenon.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780893912550
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/1/1985
  • Pages: 270
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword

Introduction

OVERVIEW: THE NATURE AND STUDY OF SILENCE

The Pace of Silence in an Integrated Theory of Communication

PSYCHOLOGICAL AND ETHNOGRAPHIC VIEWS OF PAUSING

The Machine Stops: Silence in the Metaphor of Malfunction

Psychological Correlates of Silence and Sound in Conversational Interaction

The Two Faces of Silence: The Effect of Witness Hesitancy on Lawyers' Impressions

Some Reasons for Hesitating

SOME MEANINGS AND USES OF SILENCE

Silence: Anything But

Joyful Noise and Reverent Silence: The Significance of Noise in Pentecostal Worship

Silence and Sulking: Emotional Displays in the Classroom

SILENCE IN CROSS-CULTURAL PERSPECTIVE

Silence and Noise as Emotion Management Styles: An Italian Case

Eloquent Silence Among the Igbo of Nigeria

The Silent Finn

SILENCE AND NONVERBAL COMMUNICATION

Interaction Structured Through Talk and Interaction Structured Through silence'

Some Uses of Gesture

APPENDIX

A Sampling of Sources on Silence

Author Index

Subject Index

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