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Books: Discourse Analysis/Pragmatics: Thiesmeyer (ed)

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  1. paul, Discourse and Silencing: Thiesmeyer (ed)

Message 1: Discourse and Silencing: Thiesmeyer (ed)

Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2003 10:00:41 +0000
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Subject: Discourse and Silencing: Thiesmeyer (ed)

Title: Discourse and Silencing
Subtitle: Representation and the language of displacement
Series Title: Discourse Approaches to Politics, Society and Culture 5
Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: John Benjamins,		 
Book URL:
Editor: Lynn Thiesmeyer, Keio University 

Hardback: ISBN: 158811385X, Pages: x, 316 pp., Price: USD 95.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9027226954, Pages: x, 316 pp., Price: EUR 95.00

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

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'
 Shoko Okazaki Yohena 79-110 
II. Law and institutional discourses 
 Lynn Thiesmeyer 113-118 
4. Quiet in the court: Attorneys' silencing strategies during
 courtroom cross-examination
 Val�rie 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

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