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Maria-Luisa Achino-Loeb


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This book is about silence and power and how they interact. It argues that only by studying how silence works—how it is implicated in the construction of meaning—can we arrive at the elusive roots of power in all its dimensions. Silence becomes the currency of power by delineating the margins or what we perceive and through a sleight of hand wherein behaviors undertaken in the service of self-interest appear instead as inevitable and devoid of human agency. The theoretical load of this argument is carried by vivid ethnographic material dealing with music, linguistic behavior, racial conflicts, work dislocations, and the construction of anthropological subjects and texts.

“The overall message and demonstration that silences are heterogeneous and essential formations within cultural meaning is an important contribution to scholarship on power.”  ·  American Ethnologist

Silence, says [the author], allows us to belief that the un-said is non-existent: hence the close relationship between silence and language and between silence and ideology. This research promises a radical renewal in the study and in the very way we think about the connection between silence and language.”  ·  Italian Review

Maria-Luisa Achino-Loeb, PhD, teaches at New York University's Gallatin School of Individualized Studies where she continues to develop courses on silence. She has done research with Waldensians and other minorities within religious groups. Her work has been published in journals such as American Anthropologist and Theory in Psychology, among others. She currently co-chairs the Advisory Council of the Anthropology Section, New York Academy of Sciences.

Table of Contents

Section Title Page Action Price
00-Prelims(a).pdf i
00a-Intro(a).pdf 1
01-Beeman(a) REV.pdf 21
02-Achino(a).pdf 35
03-Cook(a).pdf 52
04-Kingsolver(a).pdf 71
05-Barber(a).pdf 92
06-Sheriff(a).pdf 113
07-Sider(a).pdf 139
08-Fernandez(a).pdf 158
09-Bios REV.pdf 174
10-Author Index.pdf 176
11-Subject Index REV.pdf 180
Title Page iii
Table of Contents v
List of Figures and Tables vi
Introduction: Silence as the Currency of Power 1
Part I: Silence, Context, and Categories of Identity 21
Chapter 1: Silence in Music 23
Chapter 2: Silence and the Imperatives of Identity 35
Chapter 3: Language Policies and the Erasure of Multilingualism in South Africa 52
Part II: Silence and Power in Ethnographic Perspective 71
Chapter 4: Strategic Alterity and Silence in the Promotion of California's Proposition 187 and of the Confederate Battle Flag in South Carolina 73
Chapter 5: No/Ma(i)ds: Silenced Subjects in Phillippine Migration 92