Silence in political theory and practice

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Western political philosophy has been dominated by the idea of speech as the locus of subjectivity constitution, individual and collective. This has led to a neglect of silence and silent forms of political being. Taken for the absence of speech acts, silence has come to stand for the want or failure of agency. This special issue reconsiders silence in relation to both speech acts and other forms of political action. Equipped with new understandings of silence, it re-assesses the role of silence and of silent agency in both democratic and authoritarian systems.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages8
JournalCritical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 23 Jul 2020


  • Silence, speech, agency, citizenship, inclusion, empowerment, disablement

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