Understanding processes of social exclusion : silence, silencing and shame

Taket, Ann, Foster, Nena and Cook, Kay 2009, Understanding processes of social exclusion : silence, silencing and shame, in Theorising social exclusion, Routledge, Abingdon, England, pp.173-183.

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Title Understanding processes of social exclusion : silence, silencing and shame
Author(s) Taket, Ann
Foster, Nena
Cook, Kay
Title of book Theorising social exclusion
Editor(s) Taket, Ann
Crisp, Beth R.
Nevill, Annemarie
Lamaro, Greer
Graham, Melissa
Barter-Godfrey, Sarah
Publication date 2009
Chapter number 2.15
Total chapters 17
Start page 173
End page 183
Total pages 11
Publisher Routledge
Place of Publication Abingdon, England
Summary This chapter considers several forms of silencing: silencing or the quelling of certain ideas or opinions as an action imposed from above; self-silencing as practised by those whose discipline themselves into being voiceless in order to avoid confrontation, judgement, and as a means of safety; and last, but not least, this chapter addresses ‘unsilence’ or the ways in which resistance arises from (and to) silencing. Thus, those who are traditionally silenced gain a voice through subverting and challenging dominant structures and conventions. Examining these forms of silence and silencing is necessary in order to address the creation and recreation of categories which socially exclude and marginalise individuals. The chapter provides examples of interpersonal interactions which construct, organise and perpetuate silence, silencing, shame and their counter-situations of resistance and contestation. It provides an international examination of these notions with examples from Australia, the UK, and the USA and emphasises the role of these notions in creating and recreating instances of social exclusion.
ISBN 9780415475846
Language eng
Field of Research 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
160599 Policy and Administration not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920499 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category B1 Book chapter
HERDC collection year 2009
Copyright notice ©2009, Routledge
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30018509

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