Choosing Silence for Equality in and through Schooling

Lees, Helen E. (2016) Choosing Silence for Equality in and through Schooling. FORUM, 58 (3). pp. 399-406. ISSN 0963-8253

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This article considers silences and equality as combined from a theoretical perspective. Equality in and through chosen, deliberate and regular silence experience is seen as an equaliser: if no one is speaking no one can dominate. The article uses a bifurcated concept of silence: weak, negative forms and strong, positive forms. Only the strong forms are seen here as conducive to equality. Their opposite – a silencing – is seen as the creator of inequality. The argument suggests in order to tackle inequality in neo-liberal education a radical, cost-free, non-partisan solution of silence experience is available. "The only way to fight a hegemonic discourse is to teach ourselves and others alternative ways of seeing the world." (Brodkey, 1996, p. 113)

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Education > Department of Education, Multi-professional Practice and Early Childhood
Depositing User: Jane Faux
Date Deposited: 18 Oct 2016 08:49
Last Modified: 13 Feb 2019 16:49

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