Political silences, an introduction

Cooke, T. N. and Dingli, S. (2018) Political silences, an introduction. In: Dingli, S. and Cooke, T. N. (eds.) Political Silence: Meanings, Functions and Ambiguity. Series: Interventions. Routledge: Abingdon. ISBN 9781138097353

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In 2018, numerous political silences loudly vy for our attention and response. From Emma Gonzales’s 3 minutes of silence as part of her address at the March for Our Lives to Trump’s attempts to silence the investigation into his campaign’s alleged collusion with Russia, along with the continuing revelations articulated by silence-breakers of sexual harassment strewn throughout, there are indeed multiple meanings and functions of political silence - all of which intersect at the nexus of power and agency. This introductory chapter sets out the volume’s conceptualisation of political silence(s) as productive expression(s) of agency, which it juxtaposes with existing works on the subject. The introduction also identifies the way in which the remaining chapters study political silence(s) and provides the reader with a roadmap to the volume which includes a diverse collection of interdisciplinary studies into the various ways silence, power and agency intersect in the realms of: environmental politics, diplomacy, digital privacy, radical politics, the politics of piety, commemoration, international organization and international law, among others.

Item Type:Book Sections
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Dingli, Dr Sophia
Authors: Cooke, T. N., and Dingli, S.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Politics

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