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Listening To/For Silence

Cross Disciplinary Approaches and Framings of Silence, Political Power and Agency



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The notion of `silence' has come to imply the absence of voice in political life and as such, tends to be scholastically prescribed as the antithesis of political power and political agency, however silence plays an important role in conceptualising and analysing modern political space. Contributions to this collection highlight and challenge the conceptual limitations of established approaches to `silence' by engaging with diverse, crossdisciplinary, analytical perspectives on silence and its political implications. Cooke and Dingli present a complex constellation of engagements that posit silence as an expressive, productive, resisting and colluding modality of agency. Contributors to this edited collection chart their approaches to the relationship between silence, power and agency; to foreground the political context in which silence, power and agency are discussed (liberal, quasiliberal, authoritarian, etc.); identify how their approaches are rendered legible; and, most importantly, to positively affirm how their approach frames, influences and constructs their own understandings of silence, political power and agency. In bringing together diverse, crossdisciplinary articulations on the above themes, the proposed book aims to promote greater intellectual and interdisciplinary synergy around critical thinking and research surrounding the intersections of silence, power and agency, it will be of interest to scholars of international relations theory, international political theory and critical theory.

Author Biography

Sophia Dingli is a Teaching Associate School of Politics Philosophy and International Studies, The University of Hull, UK Thomas N Cooke is Adjunct Professor at King's University College, Western University, Canada.
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September 15th, 2018
Edited by Sophia Dingli Edited by Thomas N. Cooke
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
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