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Political Silence

Meanings, Functions and Ambiguity



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The notion of `silence' in politics and international relations 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, 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, it is apparent that there are multiple meanings and functions of political silence - all of which intersect at the nexus of power and agency. Cooke and Dingli present a complex constellation of engagements that challenge the conceptual limitations of established approaches to silence by engaging with diverse, cross disciplinary analytical perspectives on silence and its political implications in the realms of: environmental politics, diplomacy, digital privacy, radical politics, the politics of piety, commemoration, international organization and international law, among others. Contributors to this edited collection chart their approaches to the relationship between silence, power and agency, thus positing silence as a productive modality of agency. While this collection promotes intellectual and interdisciplinary synergy around critical thinking and research regarding the intersections of silence, power and agency, it is written for scholars in politics, international relations theory, international political theory, critical theory, and everything in between.

Author Biography

Sophia Dingli is a Lecturer in International Relations at the University of Glasgow. Her work focuses on the relation of silence to politics, concentrating particularly on its relation to modern understandings of legitimacy, good government and order. Thomas N. Cooke is a Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Surveillance Studies Centre, Queen's University. Cooke's research meets at the intersection of digital privacy, Big Data, Internet surveillance, and the philosophy of noise.
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October 5th, 2018
Edited by Sophia Dingli Edited by Thomas N. Cooke
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
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