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Title: Discourse and Silencing
Subtitle: Representation and the language of displacement
Edited By: Lynn Thiesmeyer
URL: http://www.benjamins.nl/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=DAPSAC_5
Series Title: Discourse Approaches to Politics, Society and Culture 5

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.

Table of contents

Acknowledgements ix
1. Introduction: Silencing in discourse
Lynn Thiesmeyer 1–33
I. Gender and the discourses of privacy
Lynn Thiesmeyer 37–41
2. Silencing talk of men’s violence towards women
Alison Towns, Peter Adams and Nicola Gavey 43–77
3. Conversational styles and ellipsis in Japanese couples’ conversations
Shoko Okazaki Yohena 79–110
II. Law and institutional discourses
Lynn Thiesmeyer 113–118
4. uiet in the court: Attorneys’ silencing strategies during courtroom cross-examination
Valérie Fridland 119–138
5. Telling bits: Silencing and the narratives behind prison walls
Patricia E. O'Connor 139–169
III. National politics and the discourses of exclusion
Lynn Thiesmeyer 173–177
6. Discourses of silence: Anti-Semitic discourse in post-war Austria
Ruth Wodak 179–209
7. Silencing by law: The 1981 Polish ‘performances and publications control act’
Dariusz Galasinski 211–232
8. News discourse of Aboriginal resistance in Canada
Sandra Lambertus 233–272
IV. Coda: Performance discourse and meta-commentaries on silencing
Lynn Thiesmeyer 275–278
9. Political silencing: A view from Laurie Anderson’s performance art
Adam Jaworski 279–296
Notes on contributors 297–298
Name index 299–303
Subject index 305–315

Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 158811385X
ISBN-13: 9781588113856
Pages: x, 316 pp.
Prices: U.S. $ 155
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ISBN: 9027226954
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Pages: x, 316 pp.
Prices: EUR 95.00