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Manufacturing the (In)visible: Power to Communicate, Power to Silence

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The paper develops the argument of two faces of censorship as a form of symbolic violence over individuals directed either inward or outward. In both instances, the resistance to disclosure and an effort to keep things hidden are normally complemented by strategic control over the process of making things visible. Silence is usually considered a sign of censorship, but in reality it can indicate not only the suppression of, but also a resistance to, communication. Despite the changes leading toward the “structural censorship” in modern complex societies, the essential questions remain: What are the strategies to confront the (hidden) forces of censorship, and how successful can they be?
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Keywords: Censorship; Control; Freedom; Publicity; Self-Censorship; Silence

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2006-06-01

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