'Race' and silence : the discourse of reticence
Hall, John, Ph.D. (2006) 'Race' and silence : the discourse of reticence. PhD thesis, University of Warwick.
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My understanding of 'race' and racism in Britain is that it is discussed
variously. Sometimes it steals the headlines as when Stephen Lawrence was
murdered (Macpherson 1999). Yet at other times there is a preference not to
mention the subject at all. Public discourse on 'race' and racism can be
reticent. Why is this? Is 'race' a difficult subject of conversation? The first
chapter of this thesis examines the roots of 'race'.
In Chapter Two the silence and silencing at a public level but also in everyday
interaction becomes the focus. Difficult conversations are considered. The
dynamic of reticence and fluency in the discourse of 'race' is explored and
conceptualised with reference to the limited material in the literature on the
silence and silencing of 'race' discourse. This raises the question as to who is
responsible for silence; and, whose interests, if any, might be served.
Chapter Three presents a real world enquiry - the Swapping Cultures Initiative
in Coventry and Warwickshire; involving over 1,000 children and young
people that took place mainly between 2002 and 2004. It reveals that a
significant proportion of participants (3 8.1 %) experienced bullying, racism, or
being picked on, based on their cultural background, and that these issues are
difficult matters for conversation (38%). What is revealed is both the
complexity of the participants' identities and the subtle and sophisticated ways
in which their cultural backgrounds are managed through conversation.
What then does silence mean when the subject is 'race'? Certainly it is
nuanced and complex. Chapter Four provides a series of concluding
reflections on 'race' and silence, identifying the major factors when seeking to
understand and address 'race' issues in their local context. It places centrally
the 'discourse of reticence' as a significant, hitherto underestimated, element
when considering the prevailing and pervading presence of 'race' and racism.
|Item Type:||Thesis or Dissertation (PhD)|
|Subjects:||B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Racism -- Great Britain, Great Britain -- Race relations, Race awareness in children -- England -- Coventry, Taboo, Linguistic|
|Official Date:||April 2006|
|Institution:||University of Warwick|
|Theses Department:||Department of Sociology|
|Sponsors:||Church of England. Diocese of Coventry|
|Extent:||viii, 357 leaves|
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